Famous Polish Scientists

Heliodor Święcicki

( 1854 – 1923) generous philanthropist and civic activist, surgeon, obstetrician, and gynecologist deeply devoted to the medical and social welfare of the underprivileged. He initiated the creation of the social care nursing services in Poznań, and also worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor fostering their education through the a science library, and through the charitable activities of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Through his involvement in the Poznań Society of the Friends of Science he championed many causes supporting the education and professional growth of the Polish intellectuals, scientists, medical practitioners, and the emerging student population. A prolific researcher and philosopher of medicine whose Treatise on the Aesthetics of Medicine to this day offers the best model of a modern physician’s approach towards this profession. Professor Święcicki directed the process of forming the Poznań University, became its first president in 1919, and was reelected to this post six times.