Professor Halina Milicerowa (1907-1995)

Graduate of CIWF (1931) and of the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Warsaw (1937). She was granted her Ph.D. degree at the University of Wrocław (1951), became a senior scientist in 1954 and full professor in 1959. Since 1931, and in the years 1947-1951, she was an academic teacher at the Academy of Physical Education (CIWF/AWF), at the Institute of Anthropology of the Marie Curie University in Lublin (1945-1947), head of the Institute of Anthropology of the Research Institute of Physical Education (INKF; 1953-1971), head of the Institute of Anthropology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (1965-1968), head of the Institute of Anthropology and director of the Biological Science Institute of the Academy of Physical Education (1971-1976). She was a member of many committees, scientific societies and councils, such, as the Anthropological Committee, Ontogeny Group, and Commission of Anthropometry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Board of the Polish Anthropological Society, Board of the Polish and International Biometrical Society, Scientific Board of the Institute of Anthropology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Officer of the Physical Education Committee, Scientific Board of the Mother and Child Care Institute, Commission of Physical Education within the Scientific Board of the Ministry of National Defence, member of the Editorial board for scientific periodicals in the fields of anthropology and physical education. Author of numerous fundamental interdisciplinary works in the fields of anthropology and physical education, oriented predominantly at the development of physical fitness of children and youths, as related to genetic and environmental factors, at the relation of sport results to somatic variables, selection of youths For sport career, the effects of practising sports on the body, heritability of motor abilities and features. She was heading Polish ontogenetic research within the International Biological Project, and initiated anthropological research oriented at physical education and sports.

Professor Roman Trześniowski (1909 - 2004)

Born on 15` August 1909 in Komarów, graduate of the Academy of Physical Education (1939) and of the Faculty of Pedagogy at the University of Warsaw (1954). He was granted Ph.D. degree at the Research Institute of Physical Education (1959) and D.Sc. degree at the University of Warsaw (1964), he became full professor in 1973. He worked as a school teacher (1931-1936), school inspector (19451949). Since 1949 he was an academic teacher at the Academy of Physical Education, head of the Department of Physical Education Theory and Methodology (1964-1971), director of the Institute of PE and Recreation (1975-1977), dean of the Faculty of Physical Education (1904-1969), member of the State Council of Higher Education, of Physical Education Boards at the Ministry of Education and at the Physical Education and Sports Administration, member of Physical Education Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, co-founder, secretary (1966-68) and president of the Polish Society of Physical Education and Sports Science (1968-1992), member of many committees, councils and editorial boards, honorary president of the Association of Graduates of the Academy of Physical Education. Author of numerous works on physical development and motor fitness of children and youths ("Healthy and Fit Child", 1958; "Physical Development and Fitness of Polish Youths", 1961; "Physical Fitness Scale for Schoolchildren Aged 7-19 Years", 1963; "Physical Fitness Tables of Polish Schoolchildren Aged 7-19 Years" co-author, 1989; "Physical Development and Fitness of Polish School-youths", 1990; "Physical Fitness of Polish Youths - a 1989 Survey", co-author, 1996), and of many other publications on physical education at school and on motor games; this included 9 editions of the textbook "Motor Activities and Games". The works by Professor Trześniowski are a significant contribution to the theory and methodology of physical education in Poland.

Professor Stefan Wołoszyn

Born on 19t" August 191 1 in Lwów, graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Jagellonian University in 1934. He was granted Ph.D. degree in education and history at the Copernicus University in Toruń (1948), and D.Sc. degree (1954). In 1961 he became full professor. He was a secondary school teacher in Wilno and Białystok (1935194G), academic teacher at the Copernicus University (1947-1950), at the Mickiewicz University in Poznań (1950-1953), and at the Faculty of Education of Warsaw University (1953-1981). He was the head of the Department of General Pedagogy and Education Theory (19801981), dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Warsaw and head of the Chair of Pedagogy at the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw (1953-1972), vice-rector (1955-1960) and rector (1960-1971) of the Academy of Physical Education, officer of the State Council for Higher Education and of Qualification Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, officer of the Physical Education and Sports Administration, member of many scientific boards, committees and Editorial boards. Author of numerous publications on the theory and history of education, methodology of pedagogical science and comparative pedagogy, co-initiator of sport pedagogy, author of the following works: "Brief History of Education and Pedagogical Thoughts" in three volumes (revised and re-edited in 1995-1998), "Teacher - Traditions, the Present and the Future" (1978), "Korczak" (1978), "Studies on Education in Poland in the 20t" Century" (1998), "Pedagogical Journeys Through History and Issues" (1998), author and editor of many collective works. Professor Wołoszyn played a vital role in the formation of research teams at the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw, and in the careers of academic Staff in pedagogy and physical education.

Professor Tadeusz Bielicki

Born on 28th March 1932 in Warsaw, graduate of the University of Wrocław (1956) where he was granted the Ph.D. degree (1960) and D.Sc. degree (1968). Since 1978 - professor, corresponding member, and later a Pull member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Knowledge (PAU; 1997), since 1971 - director of the Institute of Anthropology of PAN, since 1999 - president of the Department of Natural Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, member of the New York Academy of Sciences and honorary member of the Greek Anthropological Society. He was elected a vice-president of the European Anthropological Association (1992-1996). Holder of the Rockefeller Foundation fellowship (1959-1960), trainee at the University of California in Los Angeles. Visiting professor at the Washington State University, Wrije Universiteit Brussels, University of Texas in Austin, participant of over 40 International congresses, co-author of the UNESCO Declaration on Race and Racism. Founder of the Polish school of social anthropology. Author of numerous research works published domestically and abroad, especially in the U.S., in the fields of anthropological typology ("Typological and Population Concept of Race in Anthropology"), of the growth and adolescence processes as affected by social conditions, social stratification studied by anthropological methods ("Social Stratification of the Population of Poland"), social and regional factors contributing to a premature death of adults, adiposis and obesity, as well as on the variability of contemporary human beings ("On a Certain Peculiarity of Man as a Species"). Professor Bielicki is among the inspirers of interdisciplinary research ventures in the fields of physical anthropology and physical education, undertaken at Polish research units of physical education sciences. For many years he has Been closely co-operating with the Department of Anthropology of the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw.

Professor Władimir Nikołajewicz Płatonow

Professor Platonov was born in Kiev, on 28th July, 1941. He graduated in 1962 from the State Institute of Physical Culture in Kiev. He made postgraduate studies (1965 – 1968) and in 1968 was appointed as lecturer at the Department of Swimming of that institute and was active in a research laboratory (1969 – 1975). Next, he was appointed head of the Chair of Swimming (1975 – 1977) and in 1977 he was elected vice-rector for research and, simultaneously, appointed head of the Chair of Sport Theory. In 1979 he was granted his D.Sc. degree and in 1980 he became full professor. Since 1986 Professor Platonov heads the Chair of Olympic Sports and is the rector of the institute (now: Ukrainian National University of Physical Education and Sports). In 1992 he became full member of Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. He was elected president of the Association of Higher Schools of Physical Education in Central Europe and Central Asia. Professor Platonov has been deeply engaged in sports. He used to be a waterball athlete, then academic lecturer and a coach at the same time. He acts as a scientific advisor for the Ukrainian Olympic Team and a vice-president of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee. Professor Platonov is an author of over 300 published papers, including 30 monographs and textbooks widely translated into many languages, also Polish. The most widely known ones are: "Olympic Sports" in two volumes (1994 and 1997) and "General Theory of training Olympic Athletes" (1997). He initiated in 1993 scientific congresses "Science in Olympic Sports" which are continued, and in 1994 founded an editorial house "Olympic Literature". Professor Platonov is an authority, renowned worldwide, on physical culture sciences and a founder of an original training theory school. Being a friend of Poland and Poles, he initiated in 1986 scientific collaboration of Departments of sport theory in Kiev and Warsaw, which resulted in signing in 1988 a collaborative agreement between our schools. He visited our Academy many times, delivering a course of lectures, participating in congresses and conferences organised in Poland by all Academies of Physical Education or by sports administration.

Professor Herman Van Coppenolle

Professor Herman Van Coppenolle was born on 28th February 1941 in Torhout, Belgium. He holds the position of the President of European Society for Adapted Physical Activity. In 1965 he was appointed as professor at the Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Catholic University in Leuwen, Belgium. He wrote over 300 papers on various sport issues, the majority of them being devoted to diverse forms of sport and motor activities applied to rehabilitation of the disabled. For many years, he has co-ordinated an educational programme initiated by him in 1991, aimed at graduating M.S. students of adapted physical activity. Twenty-eight European universities participate now in this programme. Since 1965, he heads the University Centre for Psychomotor Therapy in Kortenberg near Brussels. Since the very beginning of his professional activity, he has been closely associated with sports, and in 1967 he was the Belgian champion in 200 m sprint (21'3"). He designed measuring devices for determining effects of various forms of sprint training. He has initiated and co-ordinated many international study programmes related to the "Educational and Social Integration of the Disabled Through Adapted Social Activity" conducted in various European countries. He won two international prizes for pictures on psychomotor therapy applied to rehabilitated patients, and Peace Medal of United nations (Munich, 1996) for the picture "I am not a disabled", which was distributed in several languages in most European countries. He is also a co-initiator of an international electronic periodical – "European Research Bulletin on Adapted Physical Activity". In the years 1999-2003, he co-ordinated the Thematic Network Adapted Physical Activity (THENAPA) involving 28 countries. International activities, in which participated also Polish experts from the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw, led to preparing a European educational programme in that field, distributed on CD-discs. Professor Coppenolle has closely collaborated for several years with the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw and participated in the jubilee programme on the occasion of 70th anniversary of our Academy. Our doctoral students participate in research projects directed by him at the Catholic University in Leuwen., and graduate students may take part in an international educational programme in Belgium he created.

Professor Adrian Lees

Professor Adrian Lees was born on 4th June 1951 in Bristol, England. He is a graduate of Leeds University where he obtained his Bachelors degree in Physics (1972) and his PhD in Biomechanics (1977). After a brief period of teaching Physical Education in schools and training college he began his lecturing career at Liverpool Polytechnic, now Liverpool John Moores University. He has been involved in teaching and research in biomechanics at all levels of study and was appointed as Professor in 1995. He now holds the position of Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences. He has published widely in the field of sports biomechanics with over 200 authored papers and articles. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences, and a Fellow of the European College of Sports Sciences. Professor Lees has been actively engaged in sports research for many years and since 1993 has been a member of the World Commission of Science and Sports, an organisation which operates under the auspices of the International Council for Sports Science and Physical Education. In this role he chairs the Science and Racket Sports committee and has initiated a series of 3 World Congresses in Science and Racket Sports (1993, 1997 and 2003). The peer reviewed papers from these congresses are published as authored texts. He has recently had published a major review of racket sports in the Journal of Sports Sciences. He has also contributed to the organisation and administration of other World Commission congresses, notably Science and Football which originated in Liverpool in 1987. Professor Lees has also worked closely with other sports and particularly with track and field athletics. He has directed the scientific support programme which has aided UK National and International long and triple jump athletes. This programme has been successful in generating two world record holders. This programme has recently been extended to encompass disabled athletes and has a particular focus on field events. Professor Lees has closely co-operated for several years with Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw and has attended many national and International conferences held at the Academy. Joint research projects have taken place over the years and there has been a fruitful exchange of doctoral students.

Doctor Jacques Rogge

Doctor Jacques Rogge was born on May 2nd 1942 in Ghent (Gandawa) in Belgium. Educated in medicine and specialised in the field of orthopaedics and traumatology, as well as in sport medicine. He had been running a private medical practice for many years before he suspended it in 2001 after taking over the function of the 8th President of the International Olympic Committee. Jacques Rogge comes from a Flemish family of rich sport traditions. The Candidate himself competed in sailing – winning many times the championship of Belgium and gaining the title of the world champion in the class of Finn. He represented Belgium 3 times in this discipline at Olympic games. Rugby is the second sport discipline in which he achieved the title of a champion together with his national team. Joining the experience in sport practice with his medical expertise, he devotes much of his time working in several commissions, agendas, working groups connected with medical care of the Olympians. Among others he is active in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), in Medical Commissions of the Olympic Movement, Olympic Solidarity, Olympic Programme and the Assessment of the Olympic Preparations of the International Olympic Committee. He has contributed significantly to the establishment of medical and anti-doping services, which are functioning now in the Olympic sport. The candidate has a fluent command of 5 languages: Flemish, French, English, Spanish and German. Appointing him for the position of the President of the International Olympic Committee is a mark of distinction shown by the international circles, as well as an expression of professional competence of Dr J. Rogge; of his abilities to head teams, of his negotiating skills, erudition and mega-cultural perception of problems connected with sport and the Olympic ideas. By devoting himself entirely to the Olympic movement, Dr J. Rogge uses his personal sport experience, and with his entire strength opposes threats, which are present in the world sport, and in particular fights: doping, corruption and brutality at the stadiums. He appreciates fully the idea of educating young generations through sport deprived of any forms of discrimination He is faithful to Fair Play principles and is the advocate of the thesis claiming that sport movement should be independent of political influences. The Candidate is of an opinion that one should drive at the humanisation of sport competition, of the respect of the opponent and regard for regulations. Dr J. Rogge, by serving these ideals, stresses the role of sport in the process of the European integration. In his opinion Europe plays an essential role in the aspect of sport, organisation and culture of the Olympic movement. By managing the works of the International Olympic Committee he declares support for the activities in the realm of Olympism, in all EU countries and countries joining the EU. In 2002 Dr J. Rogge assumed the honorary patronage of the VI Scientific Congress Contemporary Olympic Sport and Sport for Everybody" organised at our Academy . His person significantly raised the rank of the Congress. On several occasions at the Olympic Games he met with Polish athletes and people actively engaged in sport. He discussed the situation in the European Olympic movement with the senior personalities of the Polish Olympic Committee. He supports approvingly all the sailing achievements of our student Mateusz Kusznierewicz.

Professor Oded Bar-Or (1937 - 2005)

Professor Oded Bar-Or was born on 28 August 1937 in Jerusalem. He completed his medical studies at the Hadassah Medical School Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1963 and two years later he was conferred the title of doctor of medicine. In 1965 he left for the USA where he took up the position of research associate at the University of Pennsylvania and later as an assistant professor in the field of applied physiology. In 1969 he returned to Israel and became scientific director at the Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sport, where he worked until 1981. Later he left for Canada and took up the position of professor of paediatrics as well as director of the Children's Exercise and Nutrition Centre at McMaster University in Hamilton, where he has been working until the present time. Prof. Oded Bar-Or is considered one of the most outstanding experts in paediatric exercise medicine. His scientific output is impressive because of its fundamental cognitive and practical importance for the exercise and developmental physiology, sport's medicine, psychology and sports for the disabled. Professor O.Bar-Or is the author of 171 scientific works published in full in scientific journals. These include 139 original papers and 32 case demonstrative. The majority of his articles have been published in prestigious international journals, known for their high substantial requirements. Prof. O. Bar-Or is also the author of: 10 monographs, 36 chapters in books, 44 papers published in conference and symposia materials, 142 communiques published in forms of abstracts, 25 non reviewed papers published in professional and popular-scientific journals as well as 6 reports which have not been published. Prof. O. Bar-Or earned most of his fame by the elaboration of the cyclo-ergometric test used for assessing anaerobic efforts in adults and children, which is commonly known as the Wingate test or Bar-Or test. There is no laboratory in the world nowadays which would not use the above mentioned test. In recognition of his great knowledge, professional skills and personal features, Prof. O. Bar-Or has been elected to many prestigious functions in various scientific associations (among many others: President of Canadian Association of Sports Sciences, Vice President of American College of Sports Medicine) and invited to editorial boards of numerous scientific journals as well as to scientific committees of the most important international meetings for sport physicians, physiologists and paediatricians. For his scientific achievements and the broad scope of his professional activities he was awarded, among others, the following distinctions : Citation Award by the American College of Sport Medicine and Honorary Award by the North American Society for Paediatric Exercise Medicine, Honorary Award from Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Thomas E.Shaffer Award from the American Academy of Paediatrics, Honorary Memberships of Hungarian Sport Science Society, Belgian-Flemish Society of Sport Medicine and Israel Sports Medicine Society , as well as a doctor's degree of honour by the University of Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, France and by the Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Prof. O. Bar -Or has maintained frequent contacts with Polish scientific centres and on 2 occasions participated in the meetings of the Polish Association of Sports Medicine.

Professor Andrzej Seyfried

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Professor Zbigniew Krawczyk

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Professor Tadeusz Bober

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