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Prague, Dec 1 (CTK) – The Czech Mind project announced the winners of the five prestigious prizes for exceptional research results on Tuesday, with the most important one, the Czech Mind National Prize of the Czech Government, going to translator and English studies scholar Martin Hilsky.

Hilsky has translated the whole work by William Shakespeare into Czech.

The results of the 14th Czech Mind contest were presented at a press conference. Due to the lack of money, there is one prize less than a year ago.

The laureates were selected from tens of nominations by a jury composed of representatives of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (CAV) and universities for the best patents and inventions.

The jury awarded new methods of waste-free technologies in chemistry, the development of an instrument to measure outdoor textile fabrics, new materials to detect invisible ionising radiation and research into algae in the Arctic and Antarctic.

The prize of the Kapsch company for a major discovery and patent was gained by chemist Jan Masat who discovered a new method of the manufacturing of the PMM substance for the production of pesticides.

The Industry and Trade Ministry prize for a major technological and manufacturing innovation was given to inventor and businessman Lubos Hes and his firm SENSORA for the invention of an instrument measuring the heat comfort in outdoor wear.

Physicist Vitezslav Jary, from the CAV Institute of Physics, received the prize of the CEZ group for an outstanding thesis in the sphere of technological sciences for new materials suitable for the detection of invisible ionising radiation.

Botanist Martina Pichrtova from Charles University in Prague received a prize from the Czech Mind for her research into algae.

In all, the laureates received 1.5 million crowns for their outstanding work this year.

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