Stanisław Salmonowicz

Stanisław Salmonowicz (born 1931) is a Polish historian, professor of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń,[1] and a member of the Polish Academy of Learning[2] and History Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences.[1]

He specializes in the history of law, Polish history from the time of the Polish Enlightenment to World War II, and history of Polish-German relations.[2] He has been described as one of the premier Polish authorities in the field of the history of law.[2]


Salmonowicz was born on 9 November 1931 in Brzesc nad Bugiem.[2] He got his doctorate in law in 1959 at the University of Warsaw.[1] His thesis was about a city of Toruń lawyer Krystian Bogumił Steiner (17461814).[1] In 1959 he began working at the Jagiellonian University, where he finished his habilitation in 1966 with a thesis about criminal law of the enlightened absolutism era.[1] From that year he moved to Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, where he served as the vice dean.[1] In 1970 due to his ties to another historian, Paweł Jasienica, he was arrested for anti-governmental activism by the Polish communist authorities of the People's Republic of Poland and fired from the university in the next year.[1][2] In 1972 he begun work at the History Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences where he would work until 2003.[1] From 1981 he resumed his work at the University of Toruń.[1] In 1983 he received the rank of special professor (nadzwyczajny) and in 1989, the higher rank of the regular professor (zwyczajny).[1] He has also served as a guest lecturer at a number of universities outside Poland.[2]

He received a medal for "Deeds for City of Toruń" (Za Zasługi dla Miasta Torunia)[1][3] and the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity in 2012.[4]

Selected works

Salmonowicz has published about 1,200 works, including over 40 books, including a number of textbooks.[2]


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