The Candidatures of Aleksander Brückner and Zenon Przesmycki to Honorary Doctorates at the Jagiellonian University
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The motion to confer a honorary doctorate of the Jagiellonian University on Aleksander Brückner was tabled by Ignacy Chrzanowski and Stanislaw Kot. It was discussed by the Board of the Philosophical Faculty on 23 May 1924, and not in 1926 (as claimed by Kazimierz Nitsch and some historians who followed his lead). A based and unjust assessment of Brücker's oeuvre made by Nitsch, a renowned linguist and dialectologist, resulted in Chrzanowski's withdrawal of the original motion. Chrzanowski did not want to give Nitsch another opportunity to attack Brückner, the great promoter of Polish studies in the University of Berlin, for allegedly 'causing harm to Polish science'. In fact both signatories of the motion decided that Brückner 'would not accept the doctorate... if (Jan M.) Rozwadowski and (Jan) Los abstained'. The motion to confer a PhD honoris causa on Zenon Przesmycki was tabled in March 1926 by Witold Rubczynski, Ignacy Chrzanowski and Stanislaw Windakiewicz. It must have been thrown out in the initial stage by the doctoral commission, because the motion never reappeared on the agenda of the Philosophical Faculty. It would have found its way there unless it failed to pass through that commission. It meant that 'Miriam' Przesmycki did not receive the honorary doctorate of the Jagiellonian University, a distinction which he certainly deserved.
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