The ceremony of awarding honorary doctorate degree to Dr Jolanta Wadowska-Król begins on Thursday, 24 June 2021. The title was awarded by resolution of the Senate of the University of Silesia of 27 April 2021.
Jolanta Wadowska-Król. Photo: Prof. Witold Jacyków, University of Silesia
Paediatrician with a big heart, a woman of outstanding bravery and humility, representing an unbreakable attitude, open for higher values and demonstrating extraordinary courage in breaking barriers, ready to fight for dignity and health of children from Szopienice in the times of ideological oppression, when the authorities suppressed the truth about the health and life of citizens.
In 1970s, she began research on the exposure to lead of children living near Huta Szopienice factory. Thanks to her activities, thousands of children threatened with lead poisoning were treated. Moreover, the decision was taken to demolish the houses standing nearest to the steelworks chimney. This contributed to improving the inhabitants’ health and had a beneficial effect on the city’s environmental situation.