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Doctor Jolanta Wadowska-Król

Award date: 24 June 2021

USil Senate resolution date: 27 April 2021 (Resolution No. 98)

The procedure for granting the honorary doctorate degree was initiated by the request of the Rector of the University of Silesia in Katowice.


Doctor Jolanta Wadowska-Król – a paediatrician who during the 1970s launched research into exposure to lead among children living within the vicinity of the Szopienice smelter plant. Thanks to her actions, thousands of children were treated and the houses closest to the smelter’s chimney were demolished. These actions greatly improved local people’s health and had a positive impact on the state of the environment.

Video from the ceremony:

Video from the meeting with Doctor Jolanta Wadowska-Król

Doctor Jolanta Wadowska-Król during the ceremony of receiving the honorary doctorate degree | Photo by Julia Agnieszka Szymala

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