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French decorations for Polish nuclear scientists dealing with nuclear energy

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Four Polish scientists from the National Centre for Nuclear Research received the French Order of Academic Palms for their contribution to the development of the French-Polish partnership in the field of nuclear research.

The French embassy informed PAP that on behalf of the French Ministry of National Education, Ambassador Pierre Levy awarded Grzegorz Wrochna, Tomasz Jackowski, Jacek Jagielski and Krzysztof Kurek.

Levy reminded that the honorary title of the Academic Palms was instituted by the decree of Emperor Napoleon in 1808, while the Order of Academic Palms was established in 1955. It is awarded to people active in the field of science, who contribute to promoting culture in the world.

Physicist, former director of the National Centre for Nuclear Research Prof. Grzegorz Wrochna received the insignia of the Commander of the Order of Academic Palms. Levy emphasized that during all his years of scientific and research work, Wrochna worked to develop French-Polish cooperation, as the Centre`s director he promoted cooperation with CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), he also contributed to building the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP). The ambassador emphasised that the Polish scientist had contributed to the development of European research reactors. "The award (...) is an expression of appreciation for your willingness to share knowledge and skills with French partners, and excellent knowledge of French institutions" said Levy.

Tomasz Jackowski received the insignia of Officer of the Order of Academic Palms for "activities for the development of French-Polish cooperation in the field of nuclear energy", among other things for his work in SNETP, especially in the area of nuclear cogeneration.

The insignia of Officer of the Order of Academic Palms were also bestowed upon Jacek Jagielski, specialist in the field of materials physics. "Your actions have always served to enrich the relations between our countries. I express my appreciation for the projects you have carried out together with French scientists and institutes, especially in the CEA facilities in Cadarache and Saclay" - the ambassador said. Pierre Levy pointed out that Jagielski was currently involved in the construction of the nuclear materials Centre of Excellence (NOMATEN).

Director of the National Centre for Nuclear Research Krzysztof Kurek also received the insignia of the Officer of the Order of Academic Palms from the French Ambassador. Levy emphasised that the scientist had "made a significant contribution to the development of relations between the National Centre for Nuclear Research and France". "As director of the centre, you are the main and valued partner of CEA" - he added.

PAP - Science in Poland, Wojciech Krzyczkowski

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