Aberdeen academic elected to the Polish Academy of the Arts and Sciences

Professor Robert Frost has been elected as a foreign member of the Polish Academy of the Arts and Sciences (Polska Akademia Umiejętności - the equivalent of the British Academy).

The Academy was founded in 1872 in the Austrian partition, but rapidly became the recognised national academy across the partitions.

 

Elected members have to be approved by the President of Poland.

Professor Frost commented: “It is a great honour to be elected to the Polish Academy of the Arts and Sciences.

“From its foundation in Cracow in 1872, it kept alive a sense of Polish identity in a time when no Polish state existed. History as a subject was always central to its mission, and some of the greatest Polish historians have been members.

“I worked regularly in the Academy’s library when conducting my doctoral research in 1982-1983, at a time when the Academy had been taken over and changed into a Soviet-style Academy of Sciences by the Communist authorities. It was reinstated after 1990, and I look forward to taking part in its activites and publicising our work on Polish history in Aberdeen.”

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