History

History

In 1973, an independent Department of Geography was established at the Institute of Biology of the University of Silesia, with staff including Associate Professor Jan Trembaczowski, PhD, Professor Józef Szaflarski, PhD, Tadeusz Szczypek, MSc, Stanisława Kobylecka, MSc Eng., and Zbigniew Widera, MSc. The Department was the precursor of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, which was set up in 1974 and organised its first entrance exams in July 1974 in the ‘Geography’

 

The Faculty inaugurated its activity in the building of the Mining School on Szkolna Street. At the beginning of the 1974/1975 academic year, the Faculty selected a group of students from the newly-admitted young people for whom a geology study programme was prepared. Associate Professor Marian Marczak was the first Dean and Professor Jan Trembaczowski was the first Deputy Dean. In the next academic year, students were recruited for two fields of study: ‘Geography’ and ‘Geology.’ At the beginning of the academic year, the Faculty acquired a new building in Partyzantów Street in Sosnowiec, with the Institute of Geography taking over the building on Szkolna Street.

In 1975/76, there was a change of Dean. The Faculty was taken over by Professor Aleksander Jachowicz, an outstanding organiser and  friend to young people. He was Dean of the Faculty from 1975 to 1981 and Vice-Rector of the University of Silesia over the years1981-1989. In 1977, the laboratory where the Faculty is currently based was commissioned. At the time ‘Geography’ moved to the building on Partyzantów Street. The Faculty consisted of the Institute of Geography (headed by Professor Jan Trembaczowski), and the Institute of Geology (headed by Professor Kazimierz Kozłowski).

In 1982, the Faculty, including all its units, moved to the building at Mielczarskiego Street (today Będzińska Street). From 1981, Professor Kazimierz Kozłowski, and in the years 1987/88-1990/91, Professor Stanisław Bukowy were Deans. Since 1991, the Faculty has been entitled to award Earth Sciences degrees in Geology, and since December 1992 – also in Geography. Since 1997, it has enjoyed full academic rights, that is the entitlement to confer the titles of ‘doktor’ and ‘doktor habilitowany’ in Earth Sciences (Geography and Geology)