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Quido Zaruba Gold Medal

Outstanding specialists are awarded by Quido Zaruba Gold Medal for the lifelong contribution to engineering geology development

Quido Zaruba Gold Medal for the most outstanding specialists in the field of engineering geology and geotechnics was established in 1999 to commemorate academician Quido Zaruba, the founder of czechoslovak and world engineering geology. Quido Zaruba was also one of the promoters to establish the International Association of Engineering Geology (IAEG). In 1968, he became first president of the IAEG. He shaped a modern concept of engineering geology, which he understood as a close connection of technical and natural sciences. As a founder of this new discipline and also subject of applied engineering geology at the Czech Technical University in Prague, he educated a whole generation of top experts recognized in the Czech Republic and abroad.


Award Rules

Quido Zaruba Gold Medal is designated for the most significant personalities for their lifelong contribution to the development of engineering geology and geotechnics. The evaluation and selection of the winner is annually carried out by an independent committee. The award is given by SG Geotechnika together with the Czech Association of Engineering Geologists, the Slovak Association of Engineering Geologists and the Czech and Slovak Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.


Laureates of the Quido Zaruba Gold Medal

Ing. Otto Horský, CSc.

A graduate of the University of Mining in Ostrava, a pedagogue, a chief advisor to the Ministry of Construction for engineering geology at Cuba, a CEO of a czech-spanish joint-stock company operating in geology and ecology, a reviewer of professional journals and an author of more than 150 publications.


prof. RNDr. Rudolf Ondrášik, DrSc.

A graduate of the Faculty of Geological and Geographical Sciences in Bratislava, a pedagogue, a scientist, the first chairman of the Union of Geological Associations of Slovakia and a chairman of the Slovak Association of Engineering Geologists.


Ing. Lumír Woznica, CSc.

A graduate of the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Czech Technical University in Prague, a pedagogue, a scientist, and a specialist in the field of applied geology, who extensively implemented the engineering geology into practice during the post-war period, especially in the field of large hydraulic structures in the Czech Republic and abroad.


Ing. Stanislav Novosad, CSc.

A graduate of the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Czech Technical University, a pedagogue, a scientist, an internationally recognized specialist in slope deformations and a president of the Landslide Commission of the International Association of Engineering Geology.


prof. Ing. Jaroslav Pašek, DrSc.

A graduate of the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Czech Technical University and the Science Faculty of Charles University, a pedagogue, a scientist, a director of the Geological Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and a chairman of the Czech Association of Engineering Geologists.


doc. Ing. Jan Rybář, CSc.

A graduate of the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Czech Technical University, a scientist, a pedagogue, an internationally recognized specialist in landslides and other dangerous geodynamic phenomena, a president of the Czech National Group of the International Association of Engineering Geology and a chairman of the Scientific Board of the Czech Academy of Sciences.


prof. Ing. Milan Matula, DrSc. et CSc.

A graduate of the Civil Engineering Faculty of Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, a vice-president of the International Association of Engineering Geologists, a scientist, an internationally recognized specialist in engineering geological mapping, a pedagogue, and an author of more than 200 publications.


Vladimír Petřina

A graduate of the Academic Grammar School Štěpánská and an experienced laboratory specialist, who significantly participated in the modernization of indisputably the most comprehensive and technically advanced soil mechanics laboratory of SG Geotechnika, which brought at that time a progress to the entire soil mechanics laboratory testing in the Czech Republic.


Ing. Vítězslav Herle

A graduate of the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Czech Technical University, a long-time chairman of the Technical Standardization Commission for Geotechnics, a Czech delegate to the international commission CEN TC 396 for earthworks and a member of commissions of the Ministry of Transport, who participated in a elaboration of various technical regulations, international and czech national standards.


Ing. Jiří Růžička, CSc.

A graduate of the University of Mining in Ostrava, an engineering geologist, a pedagogue, a scientist, and an expert witness in the fields of mining, geomechanics and evaluation of mineral deposits.


doc. Ing. Karel Drozd, CSc.

A graduate of the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Czech Technical University in Prague, a pedagogue, a scientist, a specialist in engineering seismology, who led geotechnical expeditions in South America, worked on research projects for NASA, was a UN expert in Nepal, and he led and developed a department of field tests in the Czech Republic.


RNDr. Jan Marek, CSc.

A graduate of the Faculty of Science at Charles University, a pedagogue, a chairman of the Czech Association of Engineering Geologists, a holder of two Quido Zaruba Gold Medals for his life's work and a personality ranked among the 2000 most important personalities of today by the Cambridge International Biographical Centre in 2002.


Ing. Otakar Vrba

A graduate of the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Czech Technical University in Prague, an experienced engineering geologist, an authorized geotechnician, an expert witness in the field of geotechnics and building foundations and an excellent representative of Quido Zaruba's comprehensive concept of engineering geology.


prof. Ing. Jiří Škopek, DrSc.

A graduate of the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Czech Technical University in Prague, a pedagogue and a scientist, a head of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology Faculties at the Charles University for twenty years, who significantly contributed to the development of soil mechanics laboratories and the preparation of technical standards.


doc. Ing. Alexandr Rozsypal, CSc.

A graduate of the Civil Engineering Faculty of the Czech Technical University in Prague, a pedagogue, a scientist, an independent authorized engineer in geotechnics, a founder and guarantor of the Quido Zaruba Award for Young Engineering Geologists and Geotechnics and a laureate of the Czech Tunnelling Association Medal for lifelong contribution to the development of tunnel construction in the Czech Republic.


Ing. Yann Leblais

A long term president of the French national group of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association ITA – AITES, a respected specialist in underground constructions and geotechnics, a member of the Board of Directors of SG Geotechnika, who significantly contributed to progress in the geotechnics of underground structures in the Czech Republic.


Ing. Jan Dobr – in memoriam

A significant leader of Geotechnical Engineering Department in SG Geotechnika, whose contributions led to solutions of vast majority of research and development projects in SG Geotechnika and thus contributed to the development of engineering geology and geotechnics in the then Czechoslovakia.