With deep sorrow we announce that our long-time colleague Prof. RNDr. Jan Mlynář, Ph.D. passed away on Monday, 4 December 2023
In 1996, he defended his PhD thesis at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University
in Prague, also on tokamak research done within the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech
Academy of Sciences. His post-doctoral research led him to EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland that was
followed by his secondment to JET tokamak in UK. Later, Jan divided his time between fusion
research at the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences and fusion education
at the Faculty of Nuclear Science and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University. At COMPASS,
Jan was the driving force of a new research team focused on runaway electron studies. This team
developed to a well-recognized group within this community, dedicated not only to the COMPASS
experiment, but also to other European devices, such as TCV, ASDEX Upgrade, and JET.
At Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Jan
established with his colleagues a new study programme Physics and Technology of Thermonuclear
Fusion, which has become very important for the development of the fusion physics and technology
research in the Czech Republic as well as abroad. Thanks to his educational and research
activities, Jan Mlynář was appointed the first "fusion" professor in the Czech Republic, almost
exactly one year ago.
Last but not least, Jan's professional, editorial and popularization activities cannot be
overlooked. In addition to scientific publications, he has authored a number of books, articles and
presentations in which he introduced fusion research, its history, and perspectives to the general
public. His last book, appropriately titled “The Hottest Dream Under the Sun”, was published (in
Czech) only last month.
Jan will be remembered as friendly colleague, enthusiastic teacher and scientist who followed
his vision and dedicated his life to fusion research and education. If you wish to share your
memories and send messages to family and colleagues you can do so at this
. The messages will be published in an
electronic condolence book
. Funeral ceremony will be held in the New Ceremonial Hall in Prague – Olšany on Thursday,
December 14 at 10:20 AM.