SLAC Scientist Awarded Polish Professorship

February 13, 2013

Greg Madejski, a SLAC astrophysicist and member of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at SLAC and Stanford, recently traveled to Warsaw to receive a professorship of the Polish Academy of Sciences from Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski.

But not to worry, said Madejski – he’s not leaving SLAC any time soon.

"In some European countries, 'professor' is a title that might or might not be associated with a position," Madejski explained. Scientists of all stripes, including researchers not affiliated with a university, can become professors.

Madejski received his professorship in the physical sciences from Komorowski at the Presidential Palace on Jan. 23. "As a recognition of my scientific career, this is a wonderful honor," Madejski said. "But it's also an acknowledgement of the close collaboration between our Kavli institute and the Copernicus Astronomical Center."

The Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center is the astrophysics branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

"I am thrilled that Greg's many contributions to astrophysics have been recognized by this honor," said KIPAC Director Roger Blandford.

"I was very glad I could go to Poland," Madejski said. "The event was very festive. And I expect to continue with my occasional visits, but I definitely do not intend to move there. It was incredibly cold in Warsaw."