Ivan Havlíček, the former deputy chairman of the Senate for Social Democracy, died on November 25 at the age of 78. The Senate Office announced this to ČTK on Friday.
Havlíček became a member of the then Czech Social Democratic Party in 1990, was its economic secretary from 1993 to 1997, exposed himself in the dispute over the ownership of the People’s House, the Prague headquarters of the Social Democracy.
Havlíček was a senator until 2002, when he was defeated in the elections by the former long-time mayor of Nové Strašecí na Rakovnick, Miloslav Pelc (ODS), who also died this June at the age of 78. Havlíček tried to return to high politics in 2006, when he unsuccessfully ran for the Chamber of Deputies in Central Bohemia for Social Democracy.
Physicist Havlíček graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University, after his studies he worked as a researcher in the field of polymer physics at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry in Prague. He has written several professional publications. He headed the Department of Mathematics at the University of Finance and Administration.