Prof. dr hab. Michał Kokowski

Prof. dr hab. Michał Kokowski Mail
Instytut Historii Nauki im. Ludwika i Aleksandra Birkenmajerów PAN, Warszawa, Poland


Corresponding Member of the International Academy of the History of Science; Member of the European Society for the History of Science; Secretary of the Komisja Historii Nauki PAU (Commission on the History of Science of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences); Editor-In-Chief, Secretary of the journal Prace Komisji Historii Nauki PAU / Studia Historie Scientiarum published by the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences; by education: engineer of fundamental problems of technology, physicist, philosopher and historian of science; at the beginning of his scientific career (1989) two publications in theoretical physics of a solid state (physcis of the so-called heavy-fermions) in Physical Review B and Solid State Communications (listed by the Science Citation Index), later many works in the history and philosophy of exact sciences and interdisciplinary issues, in particular the origin, content and reception of Copernicanism; researcher of the hypothetical-deductive model of correspondence (-oriented) thinking (1993-) and the author of the term (1993-1996); the author of the university model of the new humanism (2014-); researcher of the pathology of improper use of bibliometrics / scientometrics to evaluate scientific research and at the same time advocate of modernizing the Polish humanities by creating: a) (sufficiently saturated) index databases of humanities and social sciences as well as b) libraries and digital repositories (2014-); organizer of national and international scientific conferences and symposia (1988-), among others the 2nd International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (Krakow, 2006); expert of the European Union Commission, assessing grants amounting to 1 million euro (2007); Hobbies: webmaster (2006-) and journal administrator in the Open Journal System (2017-).

The most important book publications:

  • Thomas S. Kuhn (1922–1996) a zagadnienie rewolucji kopernikowskiej. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa IHN PAN, 2001, ISBN 83-86062-02-9; pp. 397. Available online:

  • Copernicus’s Originality: Towards Integration of Contemporary Copernican Studies. Warsaw – Cracow: Instytut Historii Nauki PAN, 2004; ISBN 83-86062-27-4 (Paper); pp. XIV + 314.

  • “The Global and the Local: The History of Science and the Cultural Integration of Science”. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (Cracow, 6–9 September 2006). Edited and typeset by Michał Kokowski. Cracow: Wydawnictwo PAU; online edition 23 December 2007 (; CD-ROM edition April 2008; ss. 1006;

  • Różne oblicza Mikołaja Kopernika. Spotkania z historią interpretacji (Warszawa – Kraków: Instytut Historii Nauki PAN, Polska Akademia Umiejętności, 2009), pp. 678.

  • Tajemnica grobu Mikołaja Kopernika. Dialog ekspertów (Kraków 22–23 II 2010). Pod redakcją Michała Kokowskiego. Kraków: Polska Akademia Umiejętności; Centrum Kopernika Badań Interdyscyplinarnych, grudzień 2012; ISBN 83-86062-02-9, pp. 320.

  • The Nicolaus Copernicus grave mystery. A dialog of experts (Kraków 22–23 II 2010). Edited by Michał Kokowski. Kraków: Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences 2015; ISBN 978-83-7676-196-1, pp. 316. Available online: