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Grzegorz Wrochna

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Grzegorz Jacek Wrochna
President of the Polish Space Agency
Assumed office
February 18, 2021
Preceded byMichał Szaniawski
Personal details
Born (1962-03-13) March 13, 1962 (age 62)
Radom, Poland
Alma materUniversity of Warsaw

Grzegorz Jacek Wrochna (born March 13, 1962, in Radom, Poland) is a Polish physicist who is serving as the President of the Polish Space Agency since 2021. Before his nomination to this position, he was the director of the National Center for Nuclear Research from 2011 to 2015, and an under-secretary in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education from 2019 to 2021.

Early life


Wrochna was born on March 13, 1962, in Radom. After graduating from the VI Jan Kochanowski High School, Wrochna studied physics at the University of Warsaw. In 1986, he began working as an assistant researcher in the Institute of Experimental Physics at the University of Warsaw.[1] In 1991 Wrochna defended his doctoral dissertation, which was written under the supervision of Polish experimental physicist Andrzej Kajetan Wróblewski.[2]



In the years 1991 to 1998 Wrochna worked at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. He partook in a team searching for the Higgs Boson, which was ultimately discovered in 2012. In 1998 he received his habilitation at the University of Warsaw. From 1999 to 2006 was employed as a docent at the National Institute for Nuclear Research (IPJ) and he continued work on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector.[3] On October 30, 2006, he was designated as the new director of the IPJ.[4] In 2009 Wrochna was appointed as a Professor of Physical Sciences and in October 2015 he oversaw the creation of the new facilities of the National Center for Nuclear Research in Świerk, Poland. On December 16, 2019, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki nominated Professor Wrochna to serve as an under-secretary in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.[5] With the dissolution of the ministry on January 1, 2021, Wrochna left government service. On February 18, 2021, he was designated as the new President of the Polish Space Agency, succeeding Michał Szaniawski, a position he holds to date.[6][7] In October 2021 Wrochna signed the Artemis Accords with NASA Deputy Administrator Pamela Melroy at the International Astronautical Congress in Dubai.[8]

Awards and honours


Wrochna was presented the SciVal Best Connectivity Award in November 2012 for effective collaboration with an international network of scientists. The award was presented by the Persyspektywy Educational Foundation and the publishing company Elsevier.[9] In 2015 Wrochna received the Order of Polonia Restitutia for his contributions to the Polish scientific community and academic engagement in the field of nuclear physics.[10] In 2018, he received the Ordre des Palmes académiques, which is presented to academics for exceptional scientific contributions.[11] In November 2019, Wrochna received the Medal Stulecia Odzyskanej Niepodległości which was presented during Poland's Centennial Independence Day Anniversary.[12]


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  2. ^ "Wrochna, Grzegorz - CzyCzy". czyczy.pl. Retrieved 2021-12-19.
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  4. ^ Federation, International Astronautical. "IAF : Grzegorz WROCHNA". www.iafastro.org. Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  5. ^ "Prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Wrochna podsekretarzem stanu w MNiSW - Ministerstwo Edukacji i Nauki - Portal Gov.pl". Ministerstwo Edukacji i Nauki (in Polish). Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  6. ^ "Michał Szaniawski nie jest już prezesem Polskiej Agencji Kosmicznej". space24.pl. Retrieved 5 June 2024.
  7. ^ "Struktura organizacyjna - POLSA" (in Polish). Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  8. ^ Potter, Sean (2021-10-26). "Poland Signs Artemis Accords at IAC". NASA. Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  9. ^ "ELSEVIER-PERSPEKTYWY Young Researcher Awards 2012". www.perspektywy.org. Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  10. ^ "Postanowienie Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 10 czerwca 2015 r. o nadaniu orderów". isap.sejm.gov.pl. Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  11. ^ "Francuskie odznaczenia dla polskich naukowców zajmujących się energią jądrową". Nauka w Polsce (in Polish). Retrieved 2021-12-19.
  12. ^ "Medale stulecia dla profesorów Strupczewskiego i Wrochny". Narodowe Centrum Badań Jądrowych. 2019-04-17. Retrieved 2021-12-19.