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Jaroslav Vacek (26 July 1943 – 23 January 2017)

Jaroslav Vacek (26 July 1943 – 23 January 2017) ANNALS OF THE NÁPRSTEK MUSEUM 38/2 • 2017 • (pp. 3–4)Jaroslav Vacek (26 July 1943 – 23 January 2017)It has been nine months since Jaroslav Vacek, a gracious person and pedagogue, internationallyrecognized mongolist and indologist, left this world.Jaroslav Vacek studied Tamil, Sanskrit, Hindi and English at the Faculty of Arts, atCharles University in Prague. He was a talented linguist; speaking fluent English,Russian, German, Mongolian and Tamil. He also mastered Sanskrit. Jaroslav Vacek wasa student of famous indologists Kamil Zvelebil and Ivo Fišer with whom he led expertdisputations at the time of his studies. After their emigration it was he, who continuedin persistent and surely demanding work, with an aim to preserve Indian studies.Refusing cooperation with the regime at the time of normalization, he was forced toleave to Mongolia to be allowed to remain in scholastic and linguistic circles. The goalwas to open the Mongolian studies at the Faculty of Arts after his return. Eventually,this experience was fruitful; he became fluent in Mongolian, he knew the local culturein detail and in 1976 he founded Mongolian studies, which has been highly recognizedtill today.Although we would anticipate a relief after revolution, it was not professor Vacek´scase. His workload was very demanding. In http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annals of the Náprstek Museum de Gruyter

Jaroslav Vacek (26 July 1943 – 23 January 2017)

Annals of the Náprstek Museum , Volume 38 (2): 2 – Nov 1, 2017

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ANNALS OF THE NÁPRSTEK MUSEUM 38/2 • 2017 • (pp. 3–4)Jaroslav Vacek (26 July 1943 – 23 January 2017)It has been nine months since Jaroslav Vacek, a gracious person and pedagogue, internationallyrecognized mongolist and indologist, left this world.Jaroslav Vacek studied Tamil, Sanskrit, Hindi and English at the Faculty of Arts, atCharles University in Prague. He was a talented linguist; speaking fluent English,Russian, German, Mongolian and Tamil. He also mastered Sanskrit. Jaroslav Vacek wasa student of famous indologists Kamil Zvelebil and Ivo Fišer with whom he led expertdisputations at the time of his studies. After their emigration it was he, who continuedin persistent and surely demanding work, with an aim to preserve Indian studies.Refusing cooperation with the regime at the time of normalization, he was forced toleave to Mongolia to be allowed to remain in scholastic and linguistic circles. The goalwas to open the Mongolian studies at the Faculty of Arts after his return. Eventually,this experience was fruitful; he became fluent in Mongolian, he knew the local culturein detail and in 1976 he founded Mongolian studies, which has been highly recognizedtill today.Although we would anticipate a relief after revolution, it was not professor Vacek´scase. His workload was very demanding. In

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Published: Nov 1, 2017

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