Jiří Dědina is the head of the Department of Trace Element Analysis in Prague - detached workplace of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Full Professor of analytical chemistry at Charles University in Prague. The main focus of his research is: (a) Generation, collection and atomization of volatile compounds for trace and ultratrace element analysis and for speciation by atomic spectrometry methods namely by atomic absorption and atomic fluorescence spectrometry. (b) Mechanism of hydride atomization in flames and quartz tube atomizers. He is author of a monograph on hydride generation for AAS, several book chapters in the field and around 100 scientific papers. He received Ioannes Marcus Marci Medal (Spectroscopic Society of Ioannes Marcus Marci, Prague) and Nicolaus Konkoly - Thege Medal (Slovak Spectroscopic Society).