Ignacy Domeyko nauczyciel i reformator chilijskiego szkolnictwa
Ignacy Domeyko – a teacher and reformer of the Chilean education
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Universities in Santiago and La Serena in Chile have taken the initiative to establish a research institute whose task will be to collect and develop documentation on the attainments of Ignacy Domeyko – a Pole and an honoured reformer of Chilean education. He arrived in Chile at the invitation of the Chilean government and since 1838 he lived in Coquimbo, where he taught chemistry and mineralogy at a local secondary school and organized research laboratories. Since 1846 he worked at the University of Santiago, where he served as rector three times. This role gave him the opportunity to introduce in Chilean schools a curriculum reform and new teaching methods modelled on European experiences. Domeyko made a significant contribution to the development of science in Chile, he was also interested in the development of mines and geology in the western part of South America. He was a member of many international scientific societies and the Academy of Sciences in Kraków. In recognition of merit, Ignacy Domeyko was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Jagiellonian University.
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