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Physicists in Cracow – on the 70th anniversary of the First International Cosmic Rays Conference (2018)


The article discusses an extraordinary event, i.e. the First International Cosmic Rays Conference, which took place in Cracow in 1947, shortly after the end of the Second World War. The conference was organized by a group of theoretical physicists from the Jagiellonian University and the Academy of Mining under the leadership of Professor Jan Weyssenhoff. The achievements of Polish physicists, especially Cracow scientists, who were involved in the study of cosmic radiation in the 1930s and 1940s are reminded of in this article. The author recalls names of outstanding physicists representing the most wellknown research centers in Europe and the United States during the Conference. The article was enriched with photographs taken during the Conference and numerous unofficial meetings that took place in October 1947 in Cracow. The author of the pictures, Andrzej Hrynkiewicz, was a young scientist, and later professor of nuclear physics at the Jagiellonian University and the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

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Authors & Contributors
Monaldi, Daniela
Pudłocki, Tomasz
Szczepaniec-Cięciak, Elżbieta
Segrè, Gino
Domosławski, Zbigniew
Bilinski, P.
European Physical Journal H
Studia Historiae Scientiarum
Kwartalnik Historii Nauki i Techniki
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Archiwum Historii i Filozofii Medycyny
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Cambridge University Press
University of Toronto
Congresses, conferences, and meetings
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Cosmic rays
Quantum mechanics
Philosophy of science
Hess, Victor Francis
Einstein, Albert
Purkinje, Jan Evangelista
Koneczny, Feliks
Blackett, Patrick Maynard Stuart
Leprince-Ringuet, Louis
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
21st century
Cracow (Poland)
Brussels (Belgium)
Prague (Czechia)
Uniwersytet Jagielloński (Cracow)
Solvay Conferences
Niels Bohr Institutet, Copenhagen
Liceum sw. Anny w Krakowie
International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry (Brussels)
Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences

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