Jiří Matoušek (mathematician)

For other people named Jiří Matoušek, see Jiří Matoušek (disambiguation).
Jiri Matousek.

Born (1963-03-10)10 March 1963
Died 9 March 2015(2015-03-09) (aged 51)
Fields Mathematics

Jiří (Jirka) Matoušek (10 March 1963 – 9 March 2015) was a Czech mathematician working in computational geometry and algebraic topology. He was a professor at Charles University in Prague and the author of several textbooks and research monographs.

Matoušek was born in Prague. In 1986, he received his Master's degree at Charles University under Miroslav Katětov.[1] From 1986 until his death he was employed at the Department of Applied Mathematics of Charles University in Prague, holding a professor position since 2000. He was also a visiting and later full professor at ETH Zurich.[2]

In 1996, he won the European Mathematical Society prize[3] and in 2000 he won the Scientist award of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic.[4] He became a fellow of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in 2005.[5]

Matoušek's paper on computational aspects of algebraic topology won the Best Paper award at the 2012 ACM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms.[6]

Aside from his own academic writing, he has translated the popularization book Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction by Timothy Gowers into Czech.[7]

He was a supporter and signatory of the Cost of Knowledge protest.[8] He died in 2015, aged 51.[2][9]


See also


  1. Matoušek, Jiří (1986). Vlastnosti R-stromů (M.Sc. thesis) (in Czech). Charles University in Prague.
  2. 1 2 Jan Kratochvíl; Martin Loebl; Jarik Nešetřil; Pavel Valtr. "Prof. Jiří Matoušek". Retrieved 2015-03-18. In the name of Jiří Matoušek's colleagues and friends from Charles University, obituary
  3. EMS Prize Winners.
  4. 2000 Awards, Learned Society of the Czech Republic.
  5. Member profile, Learned Society of the Czech Republic, retrieved 2015-03-10.
  6. "SIAM: Best Paper Awards". Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  7. Gowers, Timothy (2006). Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction [Matematika: Průvodce pro každého] (in Czech). Translated by Jiří Matoušek. Dokořán. ISBN 80-7363-083-4.
  8. "The Cost Of Knowledge". Retrieved 18 March 2015. I've been practicing this for many years, with some exceptions (journals with few good alternatives, requests for reports from people I didn't want to disappoint). I hope this initiative will not die out.
  9. "Obituary of Jiří Matoušek". Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  10. Review of Geometric Discrepancy by Allen D. Rogers, MR 1697825
  11. Review of Lectures on Discrete Geometry by E. Hertel, MR 1899299
  12. Blaga, Paul A. (March 2003), "Matoušek, Jiří, Lectures on Discrete Geometry" (PDF), Book Reviews, Studia Univ. Babeș-Bolyai, Mathematica, 48 (1): 119–120.
  13. Bárány, I. (September 2003), "Lectures on Discrete Geometry", Book Reviews, Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, 35 (5): 719–720, doi:10.1112/S0024609303269332.
  14. Review of Using the Borsuk-Ulam theorem by Zdzisław Dzedzej, MR 1988723
  15. Bárány, Imre (March 2004), "Using the Borsuk-Ulam Theorem: Lectures on Topological Methods in Combinatorics and Geometry", Book Review, Combinatorics, Probability and Computing, 13 (2): 281–282, doi:10.1017/S096354830400608X.
  16. Holder, Allen, "Reviewed Works: Understanding and Using Linear Programming by Jiří Matoušek, Bernd Gärtner; Introduction to Optimization by Pablo Pedregal", Review, American Mathematical Monthly, 116 (5): 471–476, JSTOR 40391139.
  17. Review of Thirty-three miniatures by Torsten Sander, MR 2656313
  18. Díaz Sánchez, Raquel (2011), Thirty-three miniatures : mathematical and algorithmic applications of linear algebra [book review], European Mathematical Society.
  19. Kolpakov, Alexander, "Thirty-three Miniatures: Mathematical and Algorithmic Applications of Linear Algebra, by Jiri Matousek" (PDF), Elemente der Mathematik.
  20. Review of Approximation Algorithms and Semidefinite Programming by Jane Juan-Juan Ye, MR 3015090
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