Stanisław Małkowski (1889-1962) i czasopismo “Służba Nauce”
Stanisław Małkowski (1889-1962) and Journal "Służba Nauce"
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The journal "Służba Nauce" was published in Warsaw in the years 1932-1933. An ephemera, typical for the era in which scientists working at universities sought support in the social amateur movement. Its editor and publisher was a geologist, Stanislaw Małkowski, at that time a professor of Free Polish University (Wolna Wszechnica Polska) in Warsaw. The articles published in the first issue were trying to centre the amateur movement around the natural history and regional (sightseeing) museums. The second issue, disseminated ideas of provincial repositories of scientific documents (including among others: some geological specimens, archaeological materials, etc.). In 1932 Małkowski set up the Earth Museum Society (Towarzystwo Muzeum Ziemi) in Warsaw whose task was to establish a national museum of geology - the so called Museum of the Earth (Muzeum Ziemi). The Society functioned with the support of Stanisław Michalski, the director of National Heritage Fund (Fundusz Kultury Narodowej). This is where the funds for the rescue field survey (geological and archaeological) and for necessary publishing came from. In 1938 "Służba Nauce" changed its name into "Wiadomości Muzeum Ziemi” published until 1952. Małkowski and Michalski worked together in the field of adult education, including the publishing of a popular publication "Poradnik dla samouków". Michalski supported Małkowski in his soliciting to set up a network of natural history and sightseeing museums in Poland. As the editor of the journal "Nauka Polska," in the yearbook, he published Małkowski’s articles on the subject. With Michalski’s recommendation, Małkowski was appointed the president of Kasa.im. Mianowskiego at Instytut Popierania Nauki (1947-1950). Małkowski’s many achievements in the field of supporting the science, due to wise policies of Michalski, are still considered an enduring element of cultural heritage. Despite the many obstacles, the Museum of the Earth of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Muzeum Ziemi Polskiej Akademii Nauk) is still considered to be the national geological museum.
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