The Poznań Society of Friends of Learning
: Poznańskie Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Nauk
) is a learned society in Poznań
, established in 1857, of scholars and scientists in all branches of learning. It has been one of the largest and most important general learned organizations in Poland.
When founded in the 19th century, the Poznań Society was the chief Polish scientific and cultural organization in Prussian Poland, and until the creation of Kraków's Academy of Learning (Akademia Umiejętności) in 1871-73 it was the most important learned society in all the Polish lands. In addition to its learned activities, the Society collected and secured art works and Polish national mementos.
In 1919 the Poznań Society initiated the founding of Poznań University (today officially known as Adam Mickiewicz University).
Presidents of the Poznań Society
- August Cieszkowski (1814-1894), Polish philosopher, social and political activist, co-founder of the Polish League (Liga Polska), co-founder and president of the PTPN
- Tytus Działyński (1796-1861), Polish political activist, protector of arts
- Kazimierz Jarochowski (1828-1888), Polish historian, publicist of the Dziennik Poznański (Poznań Daily), co-founder of PTPN
- Karol Libelt (1807-1875), Polish philosopher, political and social activist, president of PTPN
- Teofil Matecki (1810-1886), Polish physician, social activist, member of PTPN, founder of the Adam Mickiewicz monument of Poznań
- Leon Wegner (1824-1873), Polish economist and historian, co-founder of PTPN
Web site: http://www.ptpn.poznan.pl/