HONORARY DOCTORS

Juri D. Kropotov

Professor Juri D. Kropotov graduated from the Faculty of Physics at the University of Leningrad in 1972 (now St . Petersburg). He defended three doctoral dissertations and was awarded the title of professor in the field of neurophysiology. Currently he is the Director of the Laboratory of Neurobiology at the Institute of the Human Brain at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg and is a professor at the Institute of Psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

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He is a world-renowned specialist in the study of the human brain, representing cognitive neuroscience. In his research he combines his knowledge of social and biomedical sciences, thus representing the biopsychosocial trend in health sciences. He is the author of "the programming theory of human action". He is the founder of QEEG normative database for adults and children within the norm and pathology at HBI. His recent research on the moderating parameters of the brain in the process of neurotherapy open up new possibilities for athletes to obtain the maximum potential (peak performance ) during the competition.
Prof. Juri D. Kropotov substantively supports research in the framework of the National Center for Sport Psychology AWFiS in Gdansk. Collaboration with him is a great opportunity for our university for the development of both social sciences, medicine and biology.

Lucedio Greci

Prof. Lucedio Greci graduated from the oldest university in the world, namely the University of Bologna, where in 1967 he was employed as an assistant. Since 1985 he has been professor of chemistry at the University of Ancona, Italy. He is an outstanding scientist specializing in the field of chemistry and biochemistry of free radicals.  One of  the greatest scientific achievements of his team is the development of methods of synthesis of stable free radicals and  demonstration that some antioxidants may work as pro-oxidants and that some free radicals  can be antioxidants. His team was one of the first ones in the world having started to study this kind of problem. Prof. Greci’s collaboration and mutual friendship with the Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport was  started by the late Prof. Jerzy Popinigis  more than thirty years.

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Thanks to his support, the Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport together with the University of Gdansk, Medical University of Gdansk, and Gdansk University of Technology, were awarded access in the first TEMPUS program sponsored by the EU. Thanks to this program many of our scientists and students had a chance to work and learn in foreign universities, and the research equipment bought from the program fund has served our scientist up to date

Enrico Bertoli

Prof. Enrico Bertoli was born on 30th June 1939. He graduated from the University of Pavia, Italy and obtained his Ph.D. degree at Warwick University in England. Since 1983 he has been the professor of biochemistry at the University of Ancona, Italy. In his career prof. Bertoli held different positions, including the position of the Head of Biochemistry Institute at the Medical School at the Politechnic University of Marche (Ancona) in the years 1983-2002 and in the years 1988-2011 the position of the Head of Postgarduate School of Nutrition at the Faculty of Medicine at the same university.

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Professor Bertoli is an outstanding scientist in the field of biochemistry and human nutrition. The scope of his research interest embraces: physiopathology of biomembranes, molecular basis of metabolic disease, protein structure and function, molecular mechanism of xenobiotics, and antioxidant nutrients and oxidative stress.  
One of the greatest achievements of prof. Bertoli and his team is the demonstration of the relationship between the structure and function of biological membranes and metabolic diseases. Prof. Bertoli and his team were pioneers of such studies.

A separate chapter in prof. Bertoli’s career is his intensive organizational work. Prof. Bertoli’s collaboration and mutual friendship with the Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdańsk was initiated by the late Professor Jerzy Popinigis more than thirty years ago. Owing to his support, the Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdańsk together with the University of Gdańsk, the Medical University of Gdańsk, and the Gdańsk University of Technology, were granted to the first TEMPUS program sponsored by the European Union. Thanks to this program many of our scientists and students gained an opportunity to work, learn and master their competences at foreign universities. The program’s funds have been utilized for the needs of researchers and the research equipment have been still in use for the benefit of our scientists. 

Prof. Enrico Bertoli in recognition of his extensive knowledge, scientific achievements in the field of biochemistry and human nutrition, long years of research, exceptional skill of combining scientific success with organizational work, and co-creating Polish-Italian school of science was awarded the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa of Jędrzej Śniadecki Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdańsk on 14th of December 2012.

Tadeusz Ulatowski

Professor Tadeusz Ulatowski was born in Łódź in 1923. As a sixteen-year-old boy he volunteered for General Franciszek Kolberg’s Army. He fought in the historic battle of Kock where he was taken prisoner by the Germans. Luckily, he managed to escape. He was also involved in the actions of Szare Szeregi, a clandestine organization of the Polish scouts. 

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Tadeusz Ulatowski is a graduate of the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw and has been professionally associated with this school since 1948. In his extensive academic  career, he was the head of the Unit of Sport Theory, pro-rector, and he held the post of rector in the years: 1971-1974 and 1981-1986. Professor Ulatowski has always been an  activist in the field of sport and physical culture. For example, he was the Director of the Scientific Institute for Physical Culture, the Chair of the Polish Commission of Science and Implementation of the Committee of Physical Education Science of the Polish Academy of Science, and the founder as well as the President of the Polish Scientific Society of Physical Culture.

Professor Ulatowski is one of the most distinguished authorities in the field of the theory of sport, an author of coursebooks, approximately three hundred scientific and methodological publications.  His “Theory of Sport Training” has been translated into a number foreign languages, including: English, French, Italian and Arabic and was popularized in several countries. He initiated various periodicals, e.g. “Professional Sport,” “Science – Practice and Training.”

Professor Ulatowski is not only an exquisite erudite but also a remarkable scholar. He was also an outstanding sportsman, and a Polish representative in both handball and basketball. In the latter discipline of sport, he won national championship, first as an AZS Warszawa player, next in the colours of YMCA Łódź.  As a coach, he led Legia Warszwa to the national champion title. In his coaching career, he was responsible for women and men basketball national teams, and later he held the post of the Chair of the Coaches Council of  the Polish Basketball Association. Professor Ulatowski was actively involved in the Polish Olympic Committee (PKOL) activities; he chaired the Sports Commission of PKOL for ten years, and was the Vice-President of the Polish Olympic Committee for two terms.   
Professor Ulatowski has been granted a number of national distinctions and honours for his valuable achievements. He received, for example, the Commodore’s Cross of the Order of Poland’s Rebirth and the Order of the International Olympic Committee. Professor was also awarded the title of Meritorious Teacher, the title of Meritorious Physical Culture Activist, as well as he received numerous gold and silver class distinctions from Polish sport unions, associations and other physical culture organizations.        

Irena Szewińska

Irena Szewińska is widely considered the best Polish athlete of all times. In her five Olympic appearances she won seven medals. She was a multi-medalist: ten times European Athletics Championships medalist, twelve times world record holder, 23 times Poland’s champion. She set the Poland’s record fifty four times. This outstanding athlete was appreciated for her sport achievements and in the years 1965, 1966, 1974 and 1976 won the sport magazine Sport Review (Przegląd Sportowy) contest for the best athlete. In 1974, the International Press Jury honored her as the best athlete. In turn, in 1988 she was recognized the number one of Polish sport in the 20th century.

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Irena Szewińska was born in Leningrad (currently Sankt Petersburg) in 1946. Throughout her entire sport career, from 1961 to 1980, Szewińska was associated with Polonia Warszawa. Her extraordinary debut led the athlete to major successes  when she was only eighteen. First, in 1964, Szewińska won two gold medals in the unofficial European  Junior Championship (200 m run and 4x100 m relay). Then, she ran for gold in 4x100 relay, and for silver in 200 m run. She also won the silver medal in long jump. All this, made her a true revelation of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. In 1969, the Polish sportswoman was a star of the European Championship in Budapest where she listened to the Polish anthem three times having won: 200 m run, 4x100 m relay and long jump. In the same event, she was second in 100 m  run. Next came the Olympic Games in Mexico. There she won gold in 200 m and bronze in 100 m run. Szewińska was back in sport venues after she had given birth to her child. On her return she won bronze in 200 m run in the European Championships in Helsinki, which success she repeated the following year in her Olympic appearance in Munich.
 
The Polish athlete mesmerised the sport world again in 1974: on 13 June she set the world record: covering the distance of 200 m in 22.21 seconds, in August she won 100 m run and 200 m run during the European Championships in Rome, and – together with her teammates – ran for bronze in 4x100 m relay. These achievements determined the verdict of press correspondents of the whole world: Irena Szewińska was acclaimed the best athlete of the globe. A year later, the President of France, Valery Giscard d’Estaing, honoured the outstanding athlete with the French Academy of Sport Award. The year 1976, proved memorable for Polish sport and the excellent sportswoman herself. It was on 22 June when Szewińska – as the first woman in the world – crossed the barrier of 50 seconds covering 400 metres in 49.9 seconds. Thousands of spectators applauded this historic event in Warsaw. Later, on 29 July, during the Olympic games in Montreal, Szewińska smashed her rivals setting an unbelievable world record in 400 m run. She covered the distance in 49.28 seconds. This, yet today, legendary run has been recognized by countless fans as the best moment in the history of Polish athletics. The last international success on track was in Prague during the European Championships (1978) where Szewińska won two bronze medals: in 400 m and 4x400 m relay. She officially finished her grand sport career in 1980 during the Olympic Games in Moscow where she did not qualify to 400 m finals due to injury.
 
Irena Szewińska successfully combined sport with studies. She graduated from Social Sciences Department at Warsaw University and obtained MA title in Economics. When Szewińska had finished her career as an athlete, she became a member of the Board of Polish Athletics Association. She held the post of the President of the Polish Athletics Association (1997-2009). In 1988 Irena Szewińska became the Vice-President of the Polish Olympic Committee and she has been a member of the International Olympic Committee. Long is the list of prizes, distinctions and honours granted to Irena Szewińska. To enumerate just a few, in 1994 she was awarded “Kalos Kagathos” Medal by the Chapter of the Jagiellonian University and, five years later, this outstanding athlete received the Commodore’s Cross the Order of Poland’s Rebirth.

Professor Władimir Płatonow

Professor Władimir Płatonow, hab. Ph. D., was born in 1941 in Kijev. His scientific career has been associated with the National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine since he graduated from this school in 1962 (at that time the University was known as the State University of Physical Education and Sport). In the year 1968, he was granted Doctor’s degree and became a lecturer in the Chair of Swimming, for which he was responsible in the years 1975-1977. In the latter year he – as a Vice-Rector for Science  – became the head of the Chair of Swimming.

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After two years,  Płatonow habilitated and, in 1980, obtained the title of “full professor”. Since 1986 he has been in charge of the Chair of Olympic and Professional Sport. It was in the same year when he became the Rector of the University of Physical Education and Sport and  has held the office until today. Since the year 1992 he has been a member of the Ukraine Academy of Science. Professor has successfully integrated his work as a coach and a lecturer with his career as a scholar. He was also an official advisor to the Olympic team of Ukraine and, today, he is the Vice-President of the Olympic Committee of Ukraine.

Professor Płatonow is an author of over 400 sport-related publications; he wrote, for example: a monograph on “Adaptation in Sport,” which was translated into many foreign languages, 40 course-books and monographs. His two-volume in-depth work entitled “Olympic Sport” and “General Theory of Preparing a Sportsman in Olympic Sport” is considered to have given foundations for the comprehensive system of Olympic sport-related knowledge. He created a quality journal “Science in Olympic Sport” which covers a wide spectrum of Olympic sport-related issues. In 1993, he initiated International Olympic Congresses devoted to “Contemporary Olympic Sport and Sport for Everyone”.

In recognition of his achievements, Professor Płatonow was granted Doctor’s honorary title by the University of Croatia, Kazach Academy of Sport and Tourism and the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw. In 1999 Professor obtained Ukraine’s State Award in the field of science and technology. He is a member of the Baltic Pedagogic Academy and the Ukrainian Academy of Science. Professor also holds the office of the President of the International Association of Higher Education for Physical Education and Sport in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Prof. Henryk Sozański

Prof. Henryk Sozański, hab. Ph. D., was born  in Probuzno in 1939. His  academic and scientific career is centered around the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw, where he first accomplished his studies in 1962 and – after eight years – obtained the degree of Doctor of Physical Education. He pursued his scientific career and, in 1987, was habilited.  In turn, in 1993 he received the title of professor.  Professor was the Rector of the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw in the years 1996-2002 and he has held the office since 2005.

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Professor H. Sozański has worked in an exceptionally wide field of academic research. Initially, he dealt with track and field training, subsequently, Professor focused on research in such areas as: physical fitness, determinants and results of sport training in the case of children and youth,  and training loads His impressive scholarly achievements embrace over 300 publications, including several monographs and course books, many of which have been translated into foreign languages.

Professor skillfully combines immense theoretical knowledge in the field of physical culture with practical coaching skills. He was an athlete himself; he specialized in high jump.  Yet in 1960 he began his coaching career in a track and field section of CWKS “Legia” Warsaw. Later, he coached Poland’s champions and representatives in long and high jump, and in the years 1967- 1972,  within the Polish Athletics Union, he was the coach responsible for high and long jump training of  the youth.   In 1984, he obtained  an official certificate as master class coach in athletics.

Apart from Professor’s  scholarly and coaching career, he is also a widely appreciated academic. He has supervised 300 MA theses and 12 PHD desertations, all in the field of physical education.  Professor shared his knowledge with students of not only his Academy but also of  the Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdańsk. In recognition of his standing in the academic circles he performed numerous functions. Since 2005 Professor has chaired the College of  Rectors of Physical Education Schools( 1999-2002 as a Vice-President ); in the years 2003-2005 and since 2007 – has been a member of the Central Commission for Scholarly Degrees and Titles. He was also the  editor-in-chief of  a quarterly Physical Education and Sport (Wychowanie Fizyczne i Sport) and was a member of editing committees of specialist Polish and international magazines. In the year 1995, he was granted honorary Doctor’s title  by the University of Physical Education and Sport in   Kijev.

Professor Sozański was honored with state and department awards for his unique works, and didactic and organizational achievements. In 1996 he received OLIMPIONIC distinction and, three years later, was awarded with an important national distinction, the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Poland’s Rebirth.

Kazimierz Górski

Kazimierz Górski was a true legend of Polish sport.  He was born in  Lwów in 1921. Before he started his career as a coach, he had had his debut as a football player in his hometown. Later he played in Legia Warsaw; in this period he wore national colours in Poland : Denmark match. He began his coaching career also in Legia where he assisted his coaching idol, Wacław Kuchar. He pursued his career as an independent coach in such Warsaw clubs as first-Marymont, then - Legia, Lublianka, Gwardia Warsaw and ŁKS Łódź.

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In 1971, Górski debuted as a national coach. His team won in a match against the national team of Switzerland in Lutzern and this success initiated the most prominent era in the history of Polish football. The following years brought a series of memorable victories: heroic battle against England on Wembley in 1973, unforgettable Bronze medal in the World Championships in 1974 and Olympic silver in Montreal in 1976.

 In the years 1977-1984,  Kazimerz  Górski worked in Greece where he had been twice awarded as the Coach of the Year. The teams he conducted were four times national champions and won the national cup twice. After he had  completed his coaching career, he was elected as the President of the Polish Football Union (PFU). He led the Union for a term of five years and was recognized the Honorary President of the PFU.

 He was widely recognized as an excellent coach and a good man. The triumphs of his national team and his succinct commentaries were his trademarks and went down in history.

He died after long years of serious illness on 23 May 2006 at the age of 85. He was posthumously decorated with the Grand Cross of the Order of Poland’s Rebirth by the President of the Republic of Poland.

Prof. dr hab. Janusz Czerwiński

Prof. dr hab. Janusz Czerwiński was born in 1936 in Ostrovia Mazowiecka . Professor Czerwiński is one of the most exquisite scholars in the field of physical education; he is the author and co-author of over 200 publications in Polish and foreign magazines. In the years 1981 – 1984 and 1996 – 2002 Professor held the office of the Rector of the Academy of Physical Education in Gdańsk. In the year 2003, Professor was honoured with the title of the Honorary Rector of the Academy of Physical Education in Kijev.

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Professor was a member of the Presidium of the Rectors of Polish Academic Schools’ Conference and the Chair of the Rectors of Academies of Physical Education College.  Professor is also an Honorary Doctor of the University of Physical Education in Kiev.

He was a sportsman himself and he played in national colours many times. Later, he was very successful as a coach of the national team. The team won the fourth place in the World  Championships in 1974 and,  after a year, they were silver medalists in the World Cup. In 1976, the Czerwiński’s team won bronze Olympic medal which was the only one in the national history of this discipline of sport. In his rich coaching career, Czerwiński was also responsible for the national teams of Island, and Greece. Since that time he has been a recognized personality in these countries.

Professor has been an activist in the field of handball: he has been an active member of European Handball Federation, he held the Office of the President of Polish Handball Federation (PHF), and since 1996 he has been the Honorary President of PHF. Professor Czerwiński is also  the Polish Olympic Committee  Fair Play prizewinner.