Smoleński was professor at the Wrocław and the Warsaw University of Technology. During 1965 - 1969, he was the vice-chancellor of the Warsaw University of Technology. Smoleński was a member of Polish Academy of Sciences, and held the post of scientific secretary, then vice-chairman of this organization. During the Nazi occupation of Poland, he was an officer of the Home Army, vice-chief of arming of the Supreme Command of the Home Army. He was also a member of Sejm of the Polish People's Republic in years 1957 - 1961 and in again during 1969 - 1972.
In 1961, Wrocław University of Technology conferred Smoleński with its first honorary doctorate. 
- "Honorary doctorates" Wrocław University of Technology, undated, retrieved on January 31, 2009.
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