Geografie 2006, 111, 368-381

Physical geography at Charles University in Prague

Václav Přibyl

Katedra fyzické geografie a geoekologie, Přírodovědecká fakulty UK, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

The article presents the chronological development of the discipline of science physical geography at Prague University from its modest beginnings at the end of the 14th century to present days. It follows the beginnings of physical geography as auxiliary discipline within the Faculty of Philosophy (Arts), the beginnings of the Institute of Geography, later constitution and building of the unified Institute of Geography in Prague - Albertov within the newly constituted Faculty of Science of Charles University and its further development after abolition of this institute and foundation ofthe Department of Geography at first, then of the Department of Cartography and Physical Geography and finally of the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology of the Faculty of Science, Charles University.