Professor Andrzej Kowalczyk Celebration Gala
On September 15th 2018, the Institute of Physics at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, held a special event to celebrate the academic achievements of Professor Andrzej Kowalczyk, on the occasion of his retirement.
Professor Kowalczyk has been a great mentor, teacher, scholar and ambassador of science over his lengthy career. At the conclusion of his PhD thesis viva voce on spectroscopy, the great Jabłoński, the grandfather of fluorescence, said “Too much Chemistry, Dr Kowalczyk!” A great part of his scientific work has, indeed, been devoted to the development of spectral domain optical coherence tomography – pure optics, and his achievements in the field are recognized worldwide. He is co-author of 129 peer-reviewed articles and inventor on 2 patents, as well as recipient of many national and international awards. Among others, he was appointed to The Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars and received the Polish Ministry of Science Award for outstanding scientific achievements. However, he is the proudest of the achievements of his own students, his successors.
Professor Kowalczyk has also been a great ambassador for optics in Poland. He helped found of the SPIE Toruń Student Chapter, as the 14th in the world, in one of only 7 countries at that time. Today, there are 336 Chapters in 54 countries. In recognition of his contributions and leadership, he was presented with a certificate from the SPIE. He was also the initiator and coordinator of medical physics at the Nicolaus Copernicus University.
The celebration gala brought together more than 70 people, including friends and students of Professor Kowalczyk from Poland and from abroad. It was a great opportunity to meet old friends, notably colleagues in spectroscopy and OCT: Robert Dale (UK), Lesley Davenport (CUNY, USA), Jay Knutson (NIH, USA), Adrian Podoleanu (University of Kent, UK), David Sampson (University of Surrey, UK and University of Western Australia), Robert Zawadzki (UC Davis, USA), and Michalina Gora (CNRS, Strasbourg, FR)..
The meeting was made possible by the generous support of the Aleksander Jabłoński Foundation, The Institute of Physics at the Nicolaus Copernicus University, Optopol Technology, Canon Ophthalmic Technologies, and a number of private sponsors.