prof. dr Jan Markiewicz

Prof. dr Jan Markiewicz

Prof. dr Jan Markiewicz

Professor Jan Markiewicz was born on the 27th of November 1919 in Cracow. He attended a secondary school there and graduated in 1938. During the German occupation of Poland he attended The School of Technical Chemistry in 1941-1943 and afterwards studied chemistry at the Clandestine Jagiellonian University. He completed his studies after the war, in 1947, obtaining a Master of Science degree in the field of chemistry.

He began his professional career in 1943 in the laboratory of the Municipal Gas Company in Cracow. In 1946, while still a student he worked as a younger assistant at the Department of Medical Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University and was at the same time employed by the Institute of Forensic Research in Cracow at the Department of Toxicology. He received a Doctor of Natural Science degree in 1963. In 1964 he obtained a tenure. In 1983 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Natural Science.

His scientific achievements, closely related to the problems of Forensic Sciences encompass over 200 published items including 12 text books, scripts and books. He was member of numerous national and foreign academic societies such as the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, the International Academy of Legal Medicine and Social Medicine, the International Society for Fluoride Research. Since 1958 he has closely cooperated with the Commission on the Medical Science of the Cracow Branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences (he was the Deputy Chairmen in 1984-1986).

In 1956-1965 Professor Markiewicz was the Deputy Director and since 1966 the Director of the Institute of Forensic Research. He retired on the 28th of December 1991 but still retained the professorship at the Institute.

While in charge of the Institute Professor Markiewicz developed new venues of activity which had not been previously present at the Institute such as the establishment of the Department of Forensic Psychology and the Department of Road Accidents. He also initiated the reactivation of the section for questioned documents.

Professor Markiewicz, a respected and well-liked superior, trained many members of staff of the Institute, who under his guardianship have become expert witnessess and advanced in their scientific work. He supervised and reviewed a series of Doctors dissertations.

He was rewarded by numerous state awards including the Commander Cross of the Order Polonia Restituta.