The decision was taken at the Academy's General Assembly meeting, which took place in Cracow on 23 June 2012. The diploma of election will be presented to the professor at the ceremonial PAAS sitting on 17 November 2012.
The scientific interests of Professor Stanisław Penczek, a longtime head of the Department of Polymer Chemistry at the Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies PAS (1974-2005), involve polymer chemistry including studies on the thermodynamics, kinetics and mechanisms of the chain reactions, synthesis of the models of biopolymers and polymer-inorganic hybrids.
Professor Penczek was a supervisor of 12 doctoral theses (four of the promoted doctors are currently titular professors, including a foreign member of PAS, a director and deputy director of the Centre of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies PAS in Lodz and a member of the National Science Centre). He is an author of over 300 published scientific papers, mainly in the field of polymerization kinetics and mechanisms (the number of citations according to Web of Knowledge – 6220; h-index 43). Twelve of his publications have been cited over 100 times and three more than 200 times.
He is the co-editor in chief of e-Polymers journal; chairman of the Scientific Council of the Polimery journal; Editor for Polymer Chemistry of the Current Organic Chemistry journal; a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals: Biomacromolecules (ACS), Central European Journal of Chemistry, Coll. Czech. Chem. Comm. (1999-2004), International Polymer Journal, Journal of Bioactive Polymers, Journal of Macromolecular Sci., Macromol. Chem. & Phys. (1978-2002), Letters in Organic Chemistry, Progress in Polymer Sci., Journal of Polymer Sci.
In the years 1993 to 2005, he has given courses on polymer chemistry at the Graduate Schools of University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, at present he teaches lecture courses, at the graduate schools in Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm (since 2004) as well as at the Jagiellonian University (since 2003). He is a titular professor of the French Academy of Science (since 1993), foreign member of Nordrheinische Akademie der Wissenschaften (since 2006), titular member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC, since 2005), member of the board (Bureau) of IUPAC (since 2005), member of the Executive Committee of IUPAC (since 2011). He was the chairman of theWorld Polymer Congress IUPACMacro2000, President of the European Polymer Federation (1997-1999), chairman of the Polymer Division of the Polish Chemical Society (1988-1998), member of the National Board of the Polish Chemical Society (1978-1998).
In recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements, hewas awarded: the Personal Medal of the French Academy of Science (1993); French honour of Chevalier dans l'Ordre de Palmes Académiques (France, 1998, given by the Prime Minister of France); International Award and Personal Medal of the Japan Society of Polymer Science (2001); Eminent Scientist – a title awarded by the State Institute of Chemistry and Physics in Tokio (Japan, 2001); J. Sniadecki Medal of the Polish Chemical Society (2005). Professor Stanisław Penczek is also the recipient of the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Award PAS (1990); International Award of the Belgian Society of Polymer Science and Technology for the lifetime scientific achievements and contribution to the organization of the scientific community in Europe (2001); International Award of Otto Warburg Foundation (Germany, 2002); National Award of the Prime Minister of Poland (2003) and the Joint Marie and Pierre Curie Prize of the French and Polish Chemical Societies (2004). In 2009 he became a honorary member of the Israel Chemical Society.
He has been awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (former Faculty of Science of the Sorbonne) in Paris (2002); and of Russian Academy of Sciences (2004), as well as Honorary Professor of the Jagiellonian University (2003).