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PETR CERNY Petr Cerny passed away peacefully at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg on April 7, 2018 at the age of 84 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. Petr will be missed by his wife of 52 years, Iva, and his stepchildren, Susan (Ken) and Mirek (Florinda). Born and educated in Brno, Czechoslovakia, Dr. Cerny earned his graduate degrees in geology from University of Brno and the Geological Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. Petr and Iva moved to Winnipeg in 1968, where he joined the staff of the University of Manitoba, first as a postdoctoral fellow and progressing through the ranks as a professor of geology, eventually being awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 2000. Dr. Cerny was world-renowned in his field, an expert in mineralogy and geochemistry, in particular in the field of granitic pegmatites. His prolific research spanned sixty years, with the publication of 322 papers in peer-reviewed journals and reports, two books, and hundreds of other publications, field-trip guidebooks, and conference abstracts. He was particularly well known for his research on the Tanco mine and other pegmatites in southeastern Manitoba. His impact on science was celebrated by the naming of the mineral cernyite in his honour and in the dedication to him of three thematic issues of The Canadian Mineralogist. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1991. Among the many awards he received are the Past Presidents' Medal of the Mineralogical Association of Canada (1984), the Logan Medal of the Geological Association of Canada (1993), the F. Posepnu Gold Plaque of the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic (1993), and the Friedrich Becke Medal by the Osterreichische Mineralogische Gesellschaft (1994). He was active in many professional organizations, including as a Distinguished Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, a Life Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, a Member of the Mineralogical Association of Canada, and until recent years, a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba. Petr enjoyed many passions outside work, but none as much as his beloved dogs. He was an avid sportsman and an accomplished photographer. He maintained lifelong friendships with his colleagues and former students in Canada, Czech Republic and throughout the world. At his request, cremation has taken place, and a private Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 14, 2018
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
I have known Petr as a dedicated scientist for many decades and offer my condolences to Iva and his family. I only today learnt of his passing - he will be missed. - Posted by: Louis Cabri (colleague) on: Aug 18, 2018
Petr was a great friend to me, particularly when I was getting started as a young academic. I will never forget his kindness. It was a great privilege to rub shoulders with such a great and yet so humble scientist. - Posted by: Fred Longstaffe (Colleague) on: May 24, 2018
Petr Cerny was a great scientist, a wonderful photographer, and a generous, kind-hearted man. I am so very sorry that he is gone. - Posted by: Emoke Szathmary (Colleague) on: Apr 25, 2018
Our condolences are expressed at this time. - Posted by: Diana and Kirk Marat (neighbour) on: Apr 20, 2018
Sad news to hear about the passing of Peter. A good man and great Geologist. RIP Peter de Florença family - Posted by: Michael de Florença (Business Colleague) on: Apr 15, 2018
You have my deepest sympathy. Petr had a profound impact on the scientific community and will be missed. - Posted by: Robert Linnen (colleague) on: Apr 15, 2018
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