Contributions to the Forty Years of the Society for the History of Sciences and Technology
(Příspěvky ke 40 letům Společnosti pro dějiny věd a techniky)
First number of the volume XXXVIII, 2005, is devoted to the 40 anniversary of the Society for the History of Sciences and Technology founding, in 1965 with the attribute Czechoslovak.
Several articles contribute to the occasion: Pavel Drábek and Jaroslav Folta ( To Forty Years of the Society for the History of Sciences and Technology ) expound the development and possibilities of the discipline, the history of sciences and technology, from the 19th century in the Czech lands, then they describe the circumstances of the Society founding and name the significant specialists who played role in this process.
In the second article Luboš Nový ( History of Science and Technology Between Sciences and Popularisation ) contributes to the anniversary by the substantial account summarizing first advisable aims of the discipline in the Czech lands compared with the development abroad, proper methodology, ways of study for the specialisation of the history of sciences and technology, possibilities of undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and polarisation between papers from real research and texts with in fact popularising character.
Vítězslav Orel ( Historical Research at the Restoration of Genetics in Brno after 1948 ) deals with problems of the history of genetics, especially in line with his life-long study of Gregor Mendel, his research and foundation of the scientific branch, and of the whole situation in Moravia in the 19th century, where the breeding and cultivation of both animals and plants flowered; the local institutions and the specialists of the history of sciences and technology in Moravia are mentioned, too.
Portrait of one of founders and important researchers in the discipline, Jan Kořan, is set up by Miloš Hořejš ( Jan Kořan, Significant Researcher and Organizer of the History of Sciences and Technology ). Daniel Mayer ( Important Moments in the Work of the Plzeň Branch of the Society in the Past 40 Years + Portrait of Vladimír Bárta ) and Jiřina Kalendovská ( Founders of the Olomouc and Brno Branch of the Society ) aided with the description of the establishing and work of the Society’s branches. D. Mayer added a biography of Vladimír Bárta, one of Plzeň historians and officials, and J. Kalendovská gives data on important Moravian historians of sciences (M. Matoušek, V. Kruta and others).
Three texts were taken over (reprinted) from the first number of the Society periodical Zprávy (Reports). Jan Kořan: To the Czechoslovak Society for the History of Sciences and Technology Origin (from the Report at the Establishing General Assembly on April 9, 1965 ), the text was a substantial part of one of main speeches given at the founding assembly. J. Smolka: Establishment of the Czechoslovak Society for the History of Sciences and Technology; information on the course of the assembly and its results. M. Bokesová-Uherová: Establishing General Assembly of the Slovak Committee of the Czechoslovak Society for the History of Sciences and Technology; the similar information on the course of the Committee in Slovakia.
© M. Barvík 2005