Prof. Jan Fousek, after a long disease, passed away on September 4 at the age of 86. Except for small interruptions, within 1958-1990 he headed the Department of Dielectrics of the Institute of Physics CAS. He was involved mainly in the research of domains and domain walls in ferroelectrics. He organised and chaired the 1st International Meeting on Ferroelectricity in Prague in 1966, establishing a series of meetings still active up to date. In 1979 he also initiated a regular series of the Czech–Polish seminars on Ferroelectric and Structural Phase Transitions, still highly popular in both countries. His death arouses world-wide attention in the scientific community and a special session will be devoted to his memory at several international conferences. He can be regarded as a founder of the Czech research on ferroelectrics and the best-known Czech representative in this field.
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