Václav Cílek

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Václav Cílek
Václav Cílek.jpg
Born (1955-05-11)May 11, 1955
Brno, Czechoslovakia
Nationality  Czech Republic

Václav Cílek (born 11 May 1955) is Czech geologist, climatologist, writer, philosopher, science popularizer and translator of Tao and Zen texts.[1]


In his youth, he moved to Tanzania, where his father worked as a geologist. From 1969 to 1970, he studied at a high school in Tanzania.[2] Later he continued his studies at the Mining Technical School in Příbram (1970–1974). In 1979 he graduated in geology from the Charles University in Prague.[2] Since 1980, he works in Geologic Institute of Czech Academy of Sciences and specializes on geology of Cenozoic Era. He also explores interactions between environment and civilization. Between 2004 and 2012, he was the director of the Geologic Institute of Czech Academy of Science.

Cílek also published several popularization books and many articles in journals and newspapers. During his career, he collaborated with Hospodářské noviny, Lidové noviny, Mladá fronta DNES, Mladý svět, Právo, Reflex, Respekt, Czech Television, Czech Radio etc.[2][3] He was a co-creator of the TV series about caves of the Czech Republic, called Podzemní Čechy (The Underground Czech Republic, 2001).[2]

In 2004, Cílek was awarded Tom Stoppard Prize for his books Krajiny vnitřní a vnější (2002) and Makom: Kniha míst (2004).[4] Additionally, he was named Laureate by the Minister of Ecology for "valuable contribution to the popularization of Czech science, especially geology and climatology" (2007).[4] In 2009, he was awarded the Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 Prize.[5]



  1. ^ "Václav Cílek: Moc neutrácejme a vracejme lidem i přírodě to, co jsme dostali". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). iDnes. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Václav Cílek" (in Czech). Portál české literatury. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Václav Cílek – geolog, klimatolog a spisovatel (interview)" (in Czech). Czech Radio. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Václav Cílek". Czech Literature Portal. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Cenu nadace manželů Havlových letos získal geolog Václav Cílek". Czech Television (in Czech). ČT 24. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 

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