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Biographical entry Daneš, Jirí Václav (1880 - 1928)

23 August 1880
Nový Dvůr, Czechoslovakia
11 April 1928
Los Angeles, United States of America
Biogeographer, Explorer and Geographer


Jirí Václav Daneš first came to Australia in 1909 as part of a fifteen month geographical survey. During this trip he explored areas in Queensland (including Cairns and the Barkly tableland), Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia (including Yallingup and Kalgoorlie). When back in Czechoslovakia Daneš worked at the Charles Ferdinand University and eventually was made Dean of the science faculty. He also travelled widely in Europe and America producing many publications, many on karst topography. Jirí Václav Daneš returned to Australia in 1920 as the Consul-general for Czechoslovakia. Three years later he was back in Prague and at the Charles Ferdinand University. In December 1927 he began a long lecture tour of America, but just over four months later he was killed in a car accident. Daneš was a corresponding member of the Royal Society of Queensland and a member of the Czechoslovak Academy of Science.



1898 - 1902
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at Charles Ferdinand University in Czechoslovakia
1909 - 1910
Career position - Botanical survey in Java and Australia
Career position - Assistant Professor at Charles Ferdinand University
Career position - War service in Sarajevo
1919 - 1923
Career position - Czechoslovakia Consul-General in Sydney
Life event - Returned to Czechoslovakia (Prague)
1925 - 1926
Career position - Dean of the Faculty of Science at Charles Ferdinand University
December 1927
Career position - Lecture tour of America

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  • Chapman, A.D., 'Domin and Danes in Java and Australia 1909-1910', in History of Systematic Botany in Australasia: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the University of Melbourne, 25-27 May 1988 edited by Short, P.S. (Melbourne: Australian Systematic Botany Society, 1990), pp. 159-164.. Details


McCarthy, G.J.