Famous Polish Scientists

Wiktor Marian Dega

(1896 – 1995) physician specializing in orthopedics and orthopedic surgery who introduced many innovative surgical techniques to this field. Besides orthopedic surgery, he researched and taught exercise and therapeutic exercise, and in 1960 established the first-in-the-world Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Poznań Medical Academy. In 1961 the European Chapter of WHO recognized his program of comprehensive rehabilitation at each stage of recovery as a standard model for others to follow. In 1966 he received from the International Society of Rehabilitation the esteemed Albert Lasker award — the highest honor bestowed worldwide in the area of rehabilitation.