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The Polish Academy of Sciences (Polish: Polska Akademia Nauk, PAN) is a Polish state-sponsored institution of higher learning. Headquartered in Warsaw, it is responsible for spearheading the development of science across the country by a society of distinguished scholars and a network of research institutes. It was established in 1951, during the early period of the Polish People's Republic following World War II.

Polish Academy of Sciences
Logo Polnische Akademie der Wissenschaften .png
Formation30 October 1951; 67 years ago (30 October 1951)[1]
TypeNational academy, Academy of Sciences
Region served
Prof. Jerzy Duszyński
Formerly called
Warsaw Scientific Society
Warsaw Society of Friends of Learning



The Polish Academy of Sciences PAN, is a Polish state sponsored institution of higher learning, headquartered in Warsaw, that was established by the merger of earlier learned societies, including the Polish Academy of Learning (Polska Akademia Umiejętności, abbreviated PAU), with its seat in Kraków, and the Warsaw Society of Friends of Learning, which had been founded in the late 18th century.[2]

The Polish Academy of Sciences functions as a learned society acting through an elected corporation of leading scholars and research institutions. The Academy has also, operating through its committees, become a major scientific advisory body. Another aspect of the Academy is its coordination and overseeing of numerous (several dozens) research institutes. PAN institutes employ over 2,000 people, and are funded by about a third of the Polish government's budget for science.[3]


Notable membersEdit

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2014-08-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2014-08-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Ustawa z dnia 30 kwietnia 2010 r. o Polskiej Akademii Nauk.
  4. ^ Thomas A Ban; Hanns Hippius (6 December 2012). Thirty Years CINP: A Brief History of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 153–. ISBN 978-3-642-73956-9.
  5. ^ "Academia Europaea: Holgate Stephen Townley". Retrieved 2019-02-20. 2001 Overseas Member, Polish Academy of Sciences.

External linksEdit

  • PAN website (click on British flag icon for English-language content)