In memoriam - Professor Jan Marian Gliński (1933 - 2020)
Professor Jan Gliński was born on 4 April 1933 in Plińsk. He graduated from the Lublin Higher School of Agriculture (Wyższa Szkoła Rolnicza w Lublinie), where he obtained his Master of Engineering Degree (magister inżynier) in Agriculture.
In 1964, ten years after beginning his work at the School at the Soil Science Department, he was awarded a doctoral degree for his Copper forms in soils of the Łęczyńsko-Włodawskie Lakeland (Formy miedzi w glebach Pojezierza Łęczyńsko-Włodawskiego) dissertation, and in 1968 he obtained a postdoctoral degree (doctor habilitowany) in the field of agricultural sciences on the basis of his thesis Impact of some soil-forming factors on the content and distribution of micronutrients in soil profiles (Wpływ niektórych czynników glebotwórczych na zawartość i rozmieszczenie mikroskładników w profilach glebowych).
In 1971 Jan Gliński began his work at the Department of Agrophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) in Lublin. Three years later he was granted the title of associate professor, and in 1980 he was promoted to full professor. Soon he became the head of the Department, and in 1987 the director of the Institute of Agrophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences (in 1986 the Department of Agrophysics, PAS became the Institute of Agrophysics, PAS), a post he held until 2003. The Polish Academy of Sciences elected him as a corresponding member in 1991, and in 2002 he became a full member of the Academy.
The Professor’s scientific achievements consist of over 350 works (i.a. 26 monographs, 220 studies and dissertations, 5 books, 18 patents). His scientific work was focused mainly on the physicochemical soil properties, with particular regard to soil oxidoreductive processes.
Jan Gliński tutored 6 postdoctoral dissertations, 10 doctoral dissertations, including 6 under his direct supervision, 30 MSc theses and 120 scientific dissertations in the field of soil physicochemical properties.
His soil oxygenation research resulted in two co-authored books: Soil Aeration and its Role for Plants (1985) and Soil Physical Conditions and Plant Roots (1990), published in the US by CRC Press.
Professor Gliński was the editor-in-chief of the Institute of Agrophysics PAS’ International Agrophysics journal (ISSN: 0236-8722) and the Lublin Branch of PAS’ several TEKA Commissions. He was an honorary member of the International Union of Soil Sciences (before 1998 functioning under the name: International Society of Soil Science) and a member of the Soil Science Society of Poland (SSSP), where for six years he held the position of the secretary, and the chairman of the SSSP’s branch in Lublin. Moreover, he was the secretary of the Scientific Society of Lublin, long-time scientific secretary of the Committee of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry PAS (1978-1983), member of the Committee of Agrophysics PAS (1987-1989) and member of the Committee of Terminology PAS, a member of the Committee of Soil Chemistry SSSP, and since 1987 the vice-chairman of the Commission of Soil Physics, SSSP. In addition, in 1998 the Professor was nominated vice-president, and in 2001 president of the Lublin Branch of PAS. He was a foreign member of Slovak Academy of Science, and a member of Academia Europaea.
For his scientific activity, Professor Gliński was awarded two first degree team awards from the Polish Minister of Science, Higher Education and Technics (now the Ministry of Science and Higher Education), a team award of the PAS’ Division V (1973) and five team awards from the PAS’ Scientific Secretary (in 1981, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990). He also received a medal For Merits for the Lublin Region, the Golden Badge of SSSP. Professor Gliński was honoured with the Bronze Cross of Merit (1972), the Gold Cross of Merit (1979), the Knight’s (1988), the Officer’s (1995) and the Commander’s (2003) Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. He was also awarded the Michał Oczapowski Medal of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2007) and the Honorary Diploma of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (2006).
Professor Gliński was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Life Sciences in Lublin (2010) and from the Lviv National Agrarian University in Dublany and the Volodymyr Dahl East-Ukrainian National University (2011).
Professor Jan Gliński was a remarkable scientist and scholar, a kind, warm and friendly man, who always stayed willing to serve us with professional advice and support. His colleagues will remember him as their moral and academic authority.
Professor Jan Gliński died at the age of 86. The funeral service was held on 10 January 2020 at the Lipowa Cemetery in Lublin. Along with the family, numerous representatives of the Polish Academy of Sciences, academic community, local authorities and the Professor’s colleagues and friends attended the ceremony.
By Cezary Sławiński, based on Professor Jan Gliński’s summary of professional accomplishments