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Honorary Doctorates Awarded by the University of Gdańsk

 

  1. Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski for his contribution to the development of the Polish maritime economy and his general theory of economics (19 August 1974)
  2. Professor Aleksander Jabłoński (Mikołaj Kopernik University, Toruń) for his contribution to the development of Polish physics, particularly atomic and molecular spectroscopy (9 October 1975)
  3. Professor Bolesław Kasprowicz (Higher School of Maritime Trade, Higher Economics School in Sopot and the University of Gdańsk) for his achievements in the organisation and development of academic economic education (30 October 1975)
  4. Professor Borys Arbuzow (Academy of Sciences, USSR) for his achievements in the development of phosphorus compounds in organic chemistry and the broadening of Polish-Soviet scientific co-operation (25 November 1976)
  5. Professor Jurij Owczynnikow (Academy of Sciences, USSR) in recognition of his achievements in the development of bioorganic chemistry and the broadening of Polish-Soviet scientific co-operation (29 December 1977)
  6. Professor Władysław Czapliński (University of Wrocław) for his achievements in understanding the history of modern Poland and Polish maritime policy (20 April 1978)
  7. Father Dr Bernard Sychta for his achievements in propagating the Kashubian language, in particular for his “Słownik gwar kaszubskich” (“Dictionary of Kashubian Dialects”) (3 December 1981)
  8. Professor Gerard Labuda (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and the Polish Academy of Sciences, Department of Pomeranian History in Poznań) for his achievements in researching and analysing the history of medieval Poland, particularly Pomerania (21 March 1985)
  9. Professor Władysław Wolter (Polish Academy of Sciences, Jagiellonian University in Kraków) for his achievements in the study of penal law in broadening its contribution to humanity and the rule of law (16 January 1986)
  10. Professor Janusz Sokołowski (University of Gdańsk) for his significant contribution to the organisation, development and consolidation of the University of Gdańsk and for his scientific achievements in the field of the chemistry of sugars (17 July 1986)
  11. Professor Leonard Hendrik Klassen (Dutch Institute of Economics and Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Holland) for his achievements in the field of the theory of spatial economy and for his contribution to broadening scientific co-operation between Dutch economists and the Polish centre of maritime economics  in Gdańsk and its surrounding area (20 November 1986)
  12. Professor Maurice Manning (Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, USA) for his achievements in the field of the chemistry of peptide hormones and for strengthening co-operation between American and Polish scientific centres (2 July 1987)
  13. Professor Wacław Szybalski (Wisconsin State University, Madison, USA) in recognition of his achievements in the field of molecular biology and for furthering co-operation with Polish scientific centres, particularly the University of Gdańsk (4 May 1989)
  14. Lech Wałęsa in recognition of his undying achievements in developing and propagating the ideas of freedom and democracy, the rebirth of humanist values, the dignity and rights of man, and the community and the nation (20 March 1990)
  15. Professor Ulf Ragnarsson (University of Uppsala, Sweden) in recognition of his achievements in the field of peptide chemistry and for his co-operation with the University of Gdańsk (11 November 1990)
  16. Professor Oswald Leroy (University of Leuven, Belgium) for his work in the field of physics, particularly in the area of acousto-optics in co-operation with scientists from the University of Gdańsk (8 February 1991)
  17. Professor Michael Kasha (Florida State University, USA) for pioneering achievements in the field of physical chemistry, particularly in molecular electron spectroscopy and for his co-operation with the University of Gdańsk (24 October 1991)
  18. Dr Richard von Weizsäcker (President of Germany) for his activity as head of the German state, particularly in promoting co-operation between Germany and Poland, and for his deep commitment to the reconciliation of both nations and to cultural understanding (25 June 1992)
  19. Professor Jean H. P. Paelinck (Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Holland) for outstanding scientific achievements in the field of spatial economy, econometrics and statistics, and for his co-operation with the University of Gdańsk (25 February 1993)
  20. Günter Grass (German writer, native of Gdańsk) for outstanding literary creativity, particularly for the masterpiece “The Tin Drum”, and for his commitment to discussing the important and difficult problems of the contemporary world, and particularly for his contribution to Polish-German reconciliation (25 March 1993)
  21. François Mitterrand (President of France) in recognition of his enormous contribution in word and deed to the realisation of the ideals of freedom and fundamental human rights, independence, peaceful co-existence and national co-operation, social justice and traditional Polish-French friendship (17 June 1993)
  22. Professor Maria Janion (Polish Academy of Sciences) for creating a new vision of the humanities, for her outstanding works on Romanticism, which shaped the Polish collective imagination, and for her great contribution to the development of the Gdańsk scholarly community (30 June 1994)
  23. Professor Sven Erlander (Linköping University, Sweden) in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of mathematical modelling and the optimisation of the process of engineering traffic flow, the modernisation of teacher training, and his personal contribution to the development of multi-faceted co-operation with the University of Gdańsk (2 January 1995)
  24. Professor Edmund Cieślak (Polish Academy of Sciences) for the best work in Polish historiography on the history of Gdańsk and Gdańsk Pomerania, particularly in modern times, and also for his outstanding contribution to the development of the academic cadre of historians dealing with the problems of Pomerania (10 October 1995)
  25. Professor Jan Strelau (Polish Academy of Sciences) for formulating the regulational theory of temperament and constructing original methods of research into personality, as well as for his outstanding contribution to the development of psychology and creating a scientific research community (23 November 1995)
  26. Professor Henryk Markiewicz (Polish Academy of Sciences) for outstanding scholarly achievements in the field of the theory of literature and the methodology of literary research and for the development of academic staff in Polish philology (30 May 1996)
  27. Professor Leszek Kołakowski (All Souls College, Oxford, Great Britain) for achievements in the development of philosophy, for courage in undertaking the dangerous questions of power and subjection, for courage in criticising those currents of thought that affect the dignity and rights of man, and for opening perspectives for research (26 June 1997)
  28. Professor Alicja Jaruga (University of Łódź) for outstanding achievements in accountancy in Poland and for international co-operation in this field, for contributions to understanding developing market economies, and for her contribution to scholarly co-operation with the University of Gdańsk (26 June 1997)
  29. Professor Andrea Romano (University of Messina, Italy) in recognition of the significant scientific contribution to the knowledge of the history of European academic education and political and legal institutions in the Middle Ages, and for his dynamic and active contribution to the consolidation of the academic world in a uniting Europe, and with gratitude for particularly amicable co-operation with the Faculty of Social Sciences (12 December 1997)
  30. Professor Falk Fahrenholz (Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of biochemistry, and in particular for achievements in the field of research into peptide hormones and their receptors, and also for scientific co-operation with Gdańsk scientists investigating peptides (30 April 1998)
  31. Professor Horst Lange-Bertalot (J. W. Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany) in recognition of outstanding services in the development of algology in Poland, as well as for international co-operation in this field and his contribution to educating young scientists (25 June 1998)
  32. Professor Hanna Popowska-Taborska (Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw) for outstanding achievements in research into Slavic languages, in particular Kashubian, as well as for participation in the development of the academic community of the University of Gdańsk, and for shaping attitudes of tolerance and openness in research into the humanities (29 April 1999)
  33. Professor Norman J. Davies (British Academy, London University, Great Britain) in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievements in research into the history of Europe, as well as for restoring Poland to its rightful place in the history of European civilisations and popularising Poland globally (24 March 2000)
  34. Madeleine K. Albright (politician, Secretary of State, USA) for consistently eliminating from international politics Western European prejudices against Slavs, for commitment to the process of including Poland in the political and military structures of NATO, and for her contribution to unmasking the mechanisms of falsifying contemporary history through the censorship imposed by totalitarian regimes in Eastern Europe (25 June 2000)
  35. Professor Stanisław Ładyka (economist, Central School of Trade in Warsaw) for outstanding scholarly achievements in the field of international economic relations and for creating the foundations of this scholarly discipline in Poland; for particular merit in creating and developing the Sopot centre of economic sciences and his contribution to the education and development of an academic economic community; for organisational activity, which has contributed to the status of the Higher Economics School in Sopot and the Economics Faculty of the University of Gdańsk (31 May 2001)
  36. Professor Marian Biskup (historian, Polish Academy of Sciences and Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences) for research into the history of Polish diplomacy in the late Middle Ages, for outstanding achievements in describing the history of the Teutonic Order and its state in Prussia, and for his editorial work in documenting “Akta Stanów Prus Królewskich” (“Acts of the States of Royal Prussia”) (25 October 2001)
  37. Professor Jan Winiecki (economist, Viadrina European University in Frankfurt-am-der-Oder, Germany) for outstanding achievements in the fields of international economic relations, the processes of economic growth and economic transformations in Poland and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe; for his theoretical and practical contribution to the reconstruction of the economic system in Poland in the 1990s through his work in associations and international organisations, and for propagating the benefits of the Polish transformation around the world; for personal features such as commitment to the return of Poland to a market economy, merit in propagating Polish sciences around the world, diligence in scientific research, and wide-ranging knowledge (25 October 2001)
  38. Professor Wolfgang E. Krumbein (oceanologist, University of Oldenburg, Germany) for outstanding discoveries in the field of sedimentology and geomicrobiology, for his original contribution to the development of knowledge of the processes of cliff erosion, and for achievements in the protection of the stone monuments of past civilisations (25 April 2002)
  39. Professor Uffe Ellemann-Jensen (political scientist, Minister for Foreign Affairs 1982 - 1993, Denmark) for his enormous contribution to the economic and cultural development of the Baltic Sea region and for strongly supporting Poland’s membership of NATO and the European Union (23 May 2002)
  40. Professor Bernd Jastroff (chemist, University of Bremen, Germany) in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of biological chemistry and the development of Polish-German scientific co-operation (6 March 2003)
  41. Professor Alfred Czermiński (economist, University of Gdańsk) for significant contribution to the development of knowledge and the academic community in the field of economic sciences, particularly the sciences of organisation and management (26 June 2003)
  42. Ryszard Kapuściński (writer, reporter) for outstanding achievements in his journalistic and literary documenting, commentary and analysis of the world at the turn of the millennium (29 January 2004)
  43. Andrzej Wajda (film and theatre director) for outstanding achievements in the field of film and theatre arts, for profound reflections on history and mankind, and for his continuing “renewal of meaning” (27 January 2005)
  44. Professor Harold A. Scheraga (Cornell University, Ithaca N.Y.) for outstanding scientific achievements and for his contribution to the development of Biochemistry and Theoretical Biophysics in the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Gdańsk (24 February 2005)
  45. Professor Władysław Bartoszewski (historian, politician, diplomat) for propagating a wise patriotism, free from all kinds of xenophobia, and for bringing the spirit of ethics to the world of politics (29 September 2005)
  46. Tadeusz Różewicz (poet, playwright, prose writer, scriptwriter) for asking the most difficult questions in his poetry, prose and plays in the simplest and most penetrating way, for conducting a dialogue with tradition, and for constantly expressing current burning issues (27 April 2006)
  47. Professor Charles H. Bennet (physicist – quantum information, IBM research department in Yorktown, New York State) for his fundamental and comprehensive contribution to the development of a new branch of science, the quantum theory of information as the foundation of quantum technology and a new understanding of nature (25 May 2006)
  48. Professor Anton Zeilinger (physicist – quantum information, the University of Vienna in Austria) for his series of fundamental experimental tests of the quantum nature of the world and his contribution to the development of quantum information (25 May 2006)
  49. Professor Leszek Balcerowicz (economist) for his outstanding creative contribution during the process of systemic transformation in Poland, for his untiring solicitude for the state of public finances and the stability of the Polish currency, and also for his promotion of sound economic understanding in society (16 November 2006)
  50. Professor Maria Bogucka (historian, expert on the history of old Gdańsk) for her exceptional contribution to the knowledge of the history of Gdańsk and the Republic of Poland, particularly in modern times, and for shaping the development of modern historical science (21 December 2006)
  51. Professor Yi Lijun (translator of and researcher into Polish literature, Professor at the Beijing University of Foreign Languages) for her original methods of presenting Polish literature in China through her heroic translation work, for educating many generations of Chinese students of Polish Studies, and for her exemplary organisational activity in the field of scholarly cooperation with Polish academic centres (25 October 2007)
  52. Professor Ewa Łętowska (Professor of Law, the first Commissioner for Civil Rights Protection in the 3rd Republic of Poland, a judge at the Constitutional Tribunal) for propagating the idea of a democratic state of law and for shaping the legal awareness of society (31 January 2008)
  53. Elie Wiesel (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, writer and journalist, prisoner of Nazi concentration camps, creator of the notion of the Holocaust to describe genocide) for proving with his moving works that language and literature are instruments by which man can record the experience of that which is inhuman, in order for memory to warn us against the return of the Evil of the Holocaust. His books and his tireless public activity, despite the forces against which the individual appears insignificant, confirm that the sovereign voice of the individual can reach the ears of an often indifferent world (27 March 2008)
  54. Professor Czesław Druet (pioneer of Polish Oceanography, founder of the Institute of Oceanology at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Sopot, author of pioneering works in the fields of sea dynamics, hydromechanics, wind undulation and modelling micro-scale processes) for outstanding discoveries in the field of sea dynamics, for his original contribution to the development of knowledge about the processes of transferring mass and energy in the sea, and also for a significant contribution to the creation of a modern model for educating oceanographers in Poland at university level (27 November 2008)
  55. Professor Henryk Samsonowicz (historian, researcher into the history of late medieval Gdańsk and also of Poland and Europe) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to our knowledge of the social and economic history of late medieval Gdańsk, Poland and Europe, and of his leading role in shaping modern Polish historical scholarship (24 September 2009).
  56. Tomas Venclova (Lithuanian poet, essayist, translator and literary scholar, Professor of Yale University, USA), for his outstanding achievements in scholarship relating to the culture of Central Europe, his significant creative work, and his wise labours to bring peoples and nations closer to each other (26 November 2009).
  57. Prof. Jerzy Brzeziński (psychologist, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań) – in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of psychology, and especially of the methodology of psychological research in Poland and in Europe, and to the development and promulgation of high methodological standards within Polish social sciences, educational studies, and Polish higher education (27 maja 2010).
  58. Prof. Hayden White (humanist, specialist in the theory of historiography and the theory of literature, Professor at Stanford University) – in recognition of his outstanding contribution to an understanding of how language and literary heritage shape the record of historical experience (30 czerwca 2011).
  59. Prof. Maciej Żylicz (molecular biologist, biochemist, Ordinary Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, President of the Foundation for Polish Science) – for his outstanding contribution to the development of biochemistry and molecular biology, and especially for his research into chaperone proteins, for his work in creating conditions favorable for the development of science in Poland, and for his contribution toward the development of the University of Gdańsk (30 czerwca 2011).
  60. Prof. Bernd Baron von Maydell (expert in civil law, labor law, and social law, affiliated to the universities of Marburg, Bonn, and the Free University of Berlin, former Director of the Max Planck Institute (foreign and international social law), and Honorary Professor at the University of Munich) –for his unique contribution to the adaptation of Polish law to European standards, and to fostering closer scholarly cooperation between German and Polish academic centers in the field of legal-social studies (13 czerwca 2013).
  61. Professor Willem Molle (the distinguished Dutch economist, Erasmus University in Rotterdam) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to implementing the idea of peaceful international cooperation through scholarship, teaching, and consulting in support of government institutions and international organizations, thereby promoting the development of European economic integration (25 April 2013).
  62. Professor Henryk Kozłowski (chemist, expert in the field of scientific research on the borders of chemistry, biology, and medicine) for outstanding achievements in bioinorganic chemistry and for his contributions to the development of the University of Gdańsk (24 April 2014).
  63. Professor Zbigniew Ciesielski (mathematician, specialist in the fields of probability theory, stochastic processes, and functional analysis) - in recognition of his major contribution to the development of mathematics all over the world, with particular reference to his achievements in probability theory, stochastic processes, and functional analysis, and also in recognition of his organizational activities in the cause of Polish science (27 March 2014).
Author: Beata Czechowska-Derkacz
Translator: Tadeusz Z. Wolański, prof. David Malcom
Last updated: 06.10.2014