Lech Wojtczak lecture hall at the Nencki Institute

On 5 February 2020, during the conference "8th MITOCHONDRION: in memory of Professor Lech Wojtczak", a ceremony of naming the lecture hall of the Institute after Professor Lech Wojtczak took place.

The ceremony was attended by numerous conference participants and the Institute's community, as well as Professor's students, friends, and family. The ceremony was preceded by a memorial session prepared by the Professor's alumni and collaborators.

Professor Lech Wojtczak spent his entire scientific life at the Nencki Institute, where he worked since 1947. He received his doctoral degree in biochemistry in 1954 and the title of professor in 1967. Professor Wojtczak is the author or co-author of two hundred scientific papers. He promoted 15 doctors of science.

Since 1971 Professor Wojtczak was a correspondent member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and since 1989 a full member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He fulfilled, among others, the following duties, and functions: Head of the Department of Biochemistry of the Nencki Institute (1968-71); Chairman of the Cytobiology Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences (1972-75); Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Nencki Institute (1990-92); Editor (since 1981) and then (since 1994) Chairman of the Editorial Board of "Acta Biochimica Polonica"; delegate of the Polish Biochemical Society to the FEBS (1975-80, 2006-08); member of the FEBS Scholarship Committee (1978-80); member of the Central Qualification Committee; vice-chairman of Section III (1973-81, 1994-96), then president (1974-80 and 2005-08) and honorary member (since 1995) of the Polish Biochemical Society. In 1988 he received an honorary doctorate from the Medical Academy in Magdeburg. Professor Wojtczak has been awarded, among others, with the following honors: the Gold Cross of Merit, the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Date of publication
6 February 2020