Bachelor of Science, Agricultural University, Prague, 1971. Master of Science, Agricultural University, Prague, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland, 1988.
Researcher, Research Institute Plant Protection, Prague, 1972-1973; editor, Institute for Science Information, Prague, 1973-1977; lecturer, researcher, Scottish Agricultural College, Ayr, since 1979.
Member British Herb Trade Association (horticultural adviser since 1988), International Society for Horticultural Science (vice chairman 1990).
Married Ivo Svoboda, January 30, 1975. Children: Tomá+368, Adam.