Petr Heinzel

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Petr Heinzel

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BornNovember 9, 1950
NationalityCzech
CitizenshipCzechia
Occupation
  • Astronomer
  • Professor
AwardsNušl Prize (2014) awarded by the Czech Academy of Sciences
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Academic background
Alma materCharles University in Prague
Academic work
DisciplineAstrophysics
Sub-disciplineSolar physics
Main interests
  • Stellar atmosphere
  • Radiation hydrodynamics
  • Solar flare
Notable worksSolar and Stellar Flares (2017)

Petr Heinzel (* November 9, 1950) is a Czech astronomer and professor who is specialized in Solar physics. From 2004 to 2012 he was director of the Astronomical Institute of Czech Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he was appointed Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Since, 2017, he is Chairperson of the Czech Astronomical Society. He is also a member of the International Astronomical Union.

Academic background

Petr Heinzel graduated in 1974 from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague, the oldest and largest university of Czech Republic, belongs to the top three universities in Central and Eastern Europe. In 1982, he received a Doctor of Philosophy in Astrophysics and in 1993 became Doctor of Science in Astrophysics.[1]

Research Field

Petr Heinzel's area of research is Solar physics. He has made research on Solar flare, Solar prominence, Coronal loop, chromosphere structure and Radiative transfer in Stellar atmosphere. He has achieved significant scientific results in radiation hydrodynamics of Stellar atmosphere, as well as in the Spectroscopy analysis of astrophysical plasma[2][3].

Academic and scientific career

He started working at the Astronomical Institute of Czech Academy of Sciences of Ondřejov after graduating in 1974. There he became the head of the solar department, a position that he would hold until 2004.

From 1987 to 1995, he was associate scientist in the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory Measurements of Emitted Radiation, that developed a VUV (radiation) telescope and spectrometer (project SUMER, for Solar Ultraviolet Measurements of Emitted Radiation) at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Lindau, Germany, to operate on board of the European Space Agency spacecraft Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, which was launched in December 1995[4].

In July 2004, Petr Heinzel became director of the Astronomical Institute of Czech Academy of Sciences. He defended his position in 2007, when the institute was transformed into a public research institution, and remained in office until 2012.

In 2012, Petr Heinzel was appointed Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Department of Astronomy, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He had been Associate professor since 2005.[5]

On April 2, 2017, Petr Heinzel was elected Chairperson of the Czech Astronomical Society.

Teacher occupations

Petr Heinzel teaches Stellar atmosphere theory and solar physics at the Charles University in Prague[6]. Abroad, he is external lecturer at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia and at the University of Wrocław, Poland.

He has been member of the Supervisory Board for Doctor of Philosophy students at the Charles University in Prague, and Supervisor of PhD students at the Charles University, the Comenius University, the University of Wrocław, the Moscow State University and the Cairo University.

He has also been visiting professor at the Paris-Sud University (Orsay), Paris Observatory de Meudon, France, at the University of Wrocław, Poland and at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany[7].

Awards

In 2003, Petr Heinzel received the award of the Czech Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic for the analysis of spectral data of hydrogen of the solar atmosphere obtained by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory.

In 2009, he received the Gold Medal of the University of Wrocław for long-term cooperation and in recognition of his scientific results.

Petr Heinzel was laureate for 2014 of the Nušl Prize awarded by the Czech Academy of Sciences. The award was presented by the Chairman of the Czech Astronomical Society of the time Jan Vondrak, Dr Sc.[8][9]

Personal life

His hobby is classical music. He plays the violin and together with other astronomers participates in the cultural life at the Ondřejov Observatory and at national or international astronomical events in Czech Republic.[10]

Publications

Scientific papers

Since 1975, Petr Heinzel has published more than 130 Scientific literature, which have received more than 2,000 Citation. His H-index has reached 26, which is above-average in astronomy.[11]

Books

Petr Heinzel coauthored multiple books[12] discussing solar physics:

  • Solar Coronal Structures (1994, coauthored with V. Rušin and J.-C. Vial)[13]
  • The Physics of Chromospheric Plasmas (2007, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, coauthored with I. Dorotovič and R. J. Rutten)[14]
  • Solar and Stellar Flares and Their Effects on Planets (2016, Cambridge University Press, coauthored with A. Kosovichev and S. Hawley)[15]
  • Solar and Stellar Flares (2017, Springer Science+Business Media, coauthored with Lyndsay Fletcher)[16]

References

  1. "Heinzel Petr :: Hvězdárna Františka Pešty - Sezimovo Ústí". www.hvezdarna-fp.eu. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  2. "Petr Heinzel". www1.asu.cas.cz. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  3. společnost, Česká astronomická. "Petr Heinzel". ČAS (in čeština). Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  4. "SUMER Homepage". www2.mps.mpg.de. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  5. "Heinzel Petr :: Hvězdárna Františka Pešty - Sezimovo Ústí". www.hvezdarna-fp.eu. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  6. "prof. RNDr. Petr Heinzel, DrSc. | Faculty of Mathematics and Physics". www.mff.cuni.cz. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  7. společnost, Česká astronomická. "Petr Heinzel". ČAS (in čeština). Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  8. "Heinzel Petr :: Hvězdárna Františka Pešty - Sezimovo Ústí". www.hvezdarna-fp.eu. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  9. "Infos du jour". Radio Prague International (in français). 2014-12-13. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  10. společnost, Česká astronomická. "Petr Heinzel". ČAS (in čeština). Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  11. "Infos du jour". Radio Prague International (in français). 2014-12-13. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  12. "Petr Heinzel Books - List of books by Petr Heinzel". www.allbookstores.com. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  13. International Astronomical Union (1994). Solar coronal structures : proceedings of the 144th Colloquium of the International Astronomical Union held in Tatranská Lomnica, Slovakia, September 20-24, 1993, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Skalnaté Pleso Observatory. Tatranská Lomnica, The Slovak Republic: Veda Publishing House of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. ISBN 978-80-224-0090-9.
  14. "The Physics of Chomospheric Plasma | Request PDF". researchgate.net. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  15. Shibata, Kazunari (August 2015). "Solar and stellar flares and their impact on planets". Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. 11 (S320): 3–24. doi:10.1017/S1743921316006323. ISSN 1743-9213.
  16. Fletcher, Lyndsay; Heinzel, Petr, eds. (2017). Solar and Stellar Flares: Observations, Simulations, and Synergies. Springer Netherlands. ISBN 978-94-024-0934-5.

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