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Antonín Holý

Antonín Holý

Prof. Antonín HOLÝ, D.Sc., dr.hc.mult.

1st September 1936 - 16th July 2012

The organic chemist Antonín Holý was one of the most succesful Czech scientists. His most influential discoveries have yielded successful treatment for AIDS and type B viral hepatitis. His research deals with the chemistry of nucleic acids analogs and he lectures internationally. He directed the Institute for eight years. Dr. Holý holds over 60 patents and has co-authored 600 scientific papers. His work has been cited more than 10 000 times. Antonín Holý holds honorary degrees from Univeristy of Manchester, Palacký University in Olomouc and from Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague. Among other honors, he has received the EU Descartes Award for Scientific research, and he is a member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic.


  • 1984: State Prize for Chemistry
  • 1998: Hanuš's Medal of the Czech Chemical Society
  • 1999: Honorary doctorate of the Palacký University in Olomouc
  • 2001: Descartes Prize of the Evropean Union
  • 2001: The Medal of Merit of the Czech Republic (Za zásluhy) I. degree
  • 2003: Honorary membership in the Rega Institute for Medical Research, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • 2004: Award Praemium Bohemiae
  • 2004: Medal of the Czech Academy of Sciences: De scientia et humanitate optime meritis
  • 2005: Honorary doctorate of the Ghent University (Belgium)
  • 2005: The Medal of Merit of the Faculty of Science at the Charles University in Prague
  • 2006: Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Salzburg)
  • 2006: Gilead Sciences Distinguished Chair in Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2007: State Prize "Czech Head" ("Česká hlava")
  • 2008: Honorary Professorship at the University of Manchester's School of Chemistry
  • 2009: Honorary doctorate of the of University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
  • 2011: Silver memorial medal of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
  • 2012: Silver medal of the Capital City of Prague

Team of Prof. Antonin Holý
The former team of Prof. Antonin Holý in spring 2009