Radim Palous


Age: 90

Czech leading anti-Communist dissident and the first rector of Prague's Charles University after the collapse of communism who was persecuted by the Communist regime and was among the first to sign the Charter 77 human rights manifesto inspired by Vaclav Havel when he became its spokesman in 1982-1983, organized illegal classes of philosophy, and helped to publish banned books, but who was among the leaders of the Civic Forum that oversaw the transition to democracy during the 1989 Velvet Revolution and helped to reform university education as Charles University rector, and who was also a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Born: November 6, 1924

Died: September 10, 2015

Prague, Czech Republic