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Polish Academy of Sciences

Polish Academy of Sciences
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Abbreviation PAS
Formation 1951; 67 years ago (1951)[1]
Type National academy, Academy of Sciences
Headquarters Warsaw
Region served
Prof. Jerzy Duszyński
Formerly called
Warsaw Scientific Society
Warsaw Society of Friends of Learning

The Polish Academy of Sciences (Polish: Polska Akademia Nauk, PAN), headquartered in Warsaw, is Poland's top academy of sciences.[2][not in citation given] It is responsible for spearheading the development of science across the country by a society of distinguished scholars as well as a network of research institutes. It was established in 1951, during the early period of the Polish People's Republic following World War II.


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.

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.

In 1989, the Polish Academy of Learning in Kraków, resumed its independent existence, separate from the Polish Academy of Sciences, in Warsaw.


The Polish Academy of Sciences has numerous institutes including:

Notable members

Foreign members


See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  2. ^ "Polska Akademia Nauk". Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  3. ^ 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. 

External links

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