Luboš Perek

Luboš Perek (2013)

Luboš Perek (born July 26, 1919) is a Czech astronomer best known for his Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae co-written in 1967 with Luboš Kohoutek. He has worked on the distribution of mass in the galaxy, high-velocity stars, planetary nebulae, definition of outer space, geostationary orbit, space debris, and management of outer space.

Perek graduated from Masaryk University, Brno, in 1946, earned his PhD in Astronomy from Charles University, Prague, in 1956, and earned his DSc in Astronomy in 1961. He has published 44 papers on stellar dynamics and planetary nebulae and 80 papers and articles on the geostationary orbit, definition of outer space, space debris, protection of space environment.[1]

The asteroid 2900 Luboš Perek, discovered by fellow Czech astronomer Luboš Kohoutek, was named after him.[2]


Corresponding Member of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in 1965
Associate Professor, Masaryk University from 1952 to 1956
Visiting Professor, Northwestern University 1964
General Secretary of the International Astronomical Union 1967-1970
Director of the Astronomical Institute of Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences 1968-1975
Chief, Outer Space Affairs Division, United Nations, New York City 1975-1980


University of Liège (1969)
ADION (1972)
T. Hagecius de Hajek (1980)
Nagy Ernö (1981)
Zagreb University (1982)
City of Paris (1982)
Collège de France (1986)
Prix Jules Janssen of the Societé Astronomique de France (1992)


  1. ^ Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Astronomical Institute - Lubos Perek[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "(2900) Luboš Perek". (2900) Luboš Perek In: Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer. 2003. p. 238. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_2901. ISBN 978-3-540-29925-7.