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Krzysztof Pomian

Born in Warsaw in 1934, Pomian studied (1952 - 1957), obtained his doctorial and post-doctorial degrees at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw. In 1966 he was expelled from the Polish United Workers’ Party, and in 1968 he was deprived of the adjunct’s position at the Chair of Modern History due to his public criticism of the government’s policy, after which he worked in the Manuscript Division of the National Library (1969 - 1972). In 1973 he moved to France to work at the National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS) where, in 1984 he was given a position of a research professor (directeur de recherché), and at the same time he lectured at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - EHESS), the École du Louvre, the University of Geneva, and other colleges. Presently, he is an emeritus research professor (directeur de recherche émérite) at CNRS. In 1999 - 2000 and 206 - 2007 he was a professor at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Since January 2001, he has been a scientific director of the Museum of Europe in Brussels.
As a philosopher, he is mostly interested in the issues of cognition. As a historian, he deals with history of European culture, particularly history of knowledge of the past, collections and museums in France and Italy.
His books and articles, written in both Polish and in French since 1973, have been translated into many languages, including: English, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
Pomian is a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (Polska Akademia Umiejętności), The Ateneo Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti in Venice and the Accademia Clementina in Bologna.
Awards: Juliusz Mieroszewski Publicists’ Award (1984), Premio Letterario Montesilvano - for the best essay translated into Italian (1992), Pruszyński Brothers’ Polish PenClub Award in Essays (2007).
Distinctions: the Order of Polonia Restituta (1993), the Order des Arts et des Lettres (2005), doctor honoris causa of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (2003) and the University of Geneva (2005).