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History of the Polish Biometric Society – Part I

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History of the Polish Biometric Society 1970-1987

On February 10, 1970, the fourth General Meeting of members of the PBS was held in Wrocław. A Management Board was elected composed of Adam Wanke (chairman), Mieczysław Warmus (vice-chairman), Zygmunt Welon (secretary), Anna Waliszko (treasurer), Tadeusz Caliński and Jerzy Kucharczyk, and an Audit Committee composed of Józef Łukaszewicz (chairman), Tadeusz Bogdanik and Jan Sekuła. The new Scientific Council consisted of Józef Łukaszewicz (chairman), Tadeusz Bogdanik, Tadeusz Caliński, Maciej Czarnowski, Zbigniew Kędzierski, Bronisław Knaster, Halina Milicerowa, Zygmunt Nawrocki, Wiktor Oktaba, Franciszek Szczotka, Adam Wanke and Mieczysław Warmus.

In 1970, an initiative was launched whereby the Polish Biometric Society, together with the Crop Sciences Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, would organize September conferences in biometrics at various places in Poland, and the papers presented at the conferences would be printed. The initiator and academic organizer of these conferences was Professor Wiktor Oktaba. The first was held in Lublin on September 19-23, 1970. This began a series of meetings which would take place under the name Methodological Colloquium of Agricultural Biometrics. Papers from each Colloquium were printed jointly by the PBS and the Crop Sciences Committee. From 1970 to 1994 there were 24 volumes of conference materials published under this title. These volumes were produced by an editorial committee composed of:

  • (1970–1982) Wiktor Oktaba (chairman), Eugeniusz Bilski, Tadeusz Caliński and Witold Klonecki,
  • (1983–1990) Wiktor Oktaba (chairman), Tadeusz Caliński, Mirosław Krzyśko, Leszek Malicki and Jan Sekuła,
  • (1991–1994) Wiktor Oktaba (chairman), Bronisław Ceranka, Mirosław Krzyśko, Leszek Malicki and Jan Sekuła.

From 1995 the name of the conferences was changed to Biometrical Colloquium, being organized independently by the Polish Biometric Society. The volumes containing published conference materials were also renamed Biometrical Colloquium, becoming the second official journal of the Polish Biometric Society after Biometrical Letters. In 2007 the journal changed its name to Colloquium Biometricum, and continues to appear under that title today. Papers are published in English only. The editorial staff has consisted of:

  • (1995–2000) Wiktor Oktaba (editor-in-chief), Bronisław Ceranka, Mirosław Krzyśko, Leszek Malicki, Stanisław Mejza, Tadeusz Przybysz,
  • (2001–2007) Wiktor Oktaba (editor-in-chief), Mirosława Wesołowska-Janczarek (deputy editor), Joanna Tarasińska (secretary), Barbara Bogacka (London), Bronisław Ceranka (Poznań), Pavel Flak (Nitra, Slovakia), Wojtek Krzanowski (Exeter, UK), Mirosław Krzyśko (Poznań), Leszek Malicki (Lublin; died June 23, 2003), Stanisław Mejza (Poznań), Tadeusz Przybysz (Lublin; died November 21, 2007),
  • (2008–2009) Wiktor Oktaba (editor-in-chief), Mirosława Wesołowska-Janczarek (deputy editor), Joanna Tarasińska (secretary), Barbara Bogacka (London), Bronisław Ceranka (Poznań), Pavel Flak (Nitra, Slovakia), Krystyna Katulska (Poznań), Andrzej Kornacki (Lublin), Wojtek Krzanowski (Exeter, UK), Mirosław Krzyśko (Poznań).

On September 6, 2009, Professor Wiktor Oktaba died in Lublin. He was a founding member of the PBS, a member of its Scientific Council since its inception, and its chairman from 1976 onwards; he also served as academic organizer of all of the biometrical colloquia, and as editor-in-chief of Colloquium Biometricum from its launch in 1970. His death was a painful loss for the Society.

Since 2010, the editor-in-chief of Biometricum Colloquium has been Mirosława Wesołowska-Janczarek. The remainder of the editorial team is unchanged, except that the position of deputy editor is not filled.

We return now to 1971. On March 27 of that year, Adam Wanke died in Wrocław. He was a founding member of the PBS and served as chairman of its Management Board. Following this painful loss, on May 28, 1971, an Extraordinary General Meeting of members of the Society was held in Warsaw to elect a new chair of the Management Board. Members elected Maciej Czarnowski, a forestry scientist and ecologist and an assistant professor at the University of Wrocław.

On February 25, 1972, Professor Hugo Steinhaus died in Wrocław. He was co-founder of the Wrocław school of mathematics, a founding member of the PBS, and a member of its Scientific Council from 1964 to 1967.

At the scientific conference held in Wrocław on February 3-4, 1972, a total of 12 papers were delivered.

The next biometrical conference took place in Wrocław on February 11-12, 1973. Again 12 papers were delivered. On the second day of the conference the fifth General Meeting of members of the Society took place, electing a new Management Board which included Maciej Czarnowski (chairman), Paweł Bergman (secretary) and Anna Bartkowiakowa (treasurer); sources give no information about other members elected. The chairman of the Audit Committee was Czesław Kania; again no other information is available about other members. The Scientific Council consisted of Tadeusz Caliński (chairman), Tadeusz Bogdanik, Maciej Czarnowski, Zbigniew Kędzierski, Józef Łukaszewicz, Halina Milicerowa, Wiktor Oktaba, Czesław Platt, Franciszek Szczotka, Mieczysław Warmus and Zygmunt Welon.

On April 23-24, 1974, a conference was organized in Wrocław by the PBS and the Computing Centre of the University of Wrocław. A total of 19 papers were delivered.

The next biometrical conference took place in Wrocław on January 25-26, 1976. There were 15 papers delivered, and on the second day the sixth General Meeting of members of the Society elected a Management Board consisting of Jan Sekuła (chairman), Zygmunt Welon (vice-chairman), Hubert Szczotka (secretary), Anna Bartkowiakowa (treasurer), Mirosław Krzyśko and Adam Łomnicki, and an Audit Committee consisting of Czesław Kania (chairman), Adam Haleczko and Eugeniusz Malec. A new Scientific Council was also elected, composed of Wiktor Oktaba (chairman), Tadeusz Bogdanik, Tadeusz Caliński, Maciej Czarnowski, Adam Łomnicki, Józef Łukaszewicz, Czesław Platt, Jan Sekuła, Franciszek Szczotka, Teofil Szulga, Mieczysław Warmus and Zygmunt Welon.

Adam Łomnicki is an ecologist, a retired professor of the Jagiellonian University, and full member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is the author of the textbook Wprowadzenie do statystyki dla przyrodników ("Introduction to statistics for natural scientists"), whose fourth edition, revised and expanded, was published by PWN (Warsaw) in 2010. Teofil Szulga is a professor at the Ludwik Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Wrocław.

Another PBS conference was held in Wrocław on January 31 and February 1, 1977, devoted to factor analysis and its applications. A total of 11 papers were delivered. The next conference, on January 30-31, 1978, again in Wrocław, was devoted to analysis of variance and its applications.


On January 28–29, 1979, another conference was held in Wrocław, devoted to discriminant analysis and its applications in the life sciences. There were 11 papers delivered. On the second day the seventh General Meeting of members of the Society elected a new Management Board composed of Jan Sekuła (chairman), Mirosław Krzyśko (vice-chairman), Hubert Szczotka (secretary), Anna Bartkowiakowa (treasurer), Edward Niedokos and Zygmunt Welon, and an Audit Committee composed of Czesław Kania (chairman), Bogumił Grala and Adam Haleczko. Also elected was a new Scientific Council consisting of Wiktor Oktaba (chairman), Tadeusz Caliński, Czesław Kania, Mirosław Krzyśko, Józef Łukaszewicz, Marian Piech, Czesław Platt, Tadeusz Przybysz, Jan Sekuła, Franciszek Szczotka, Mieczysław Warmus and Zygmunt Welon. The General Meeting also adopted the following two resolutions:

  1. The General Meeting expresses its appreciation and thanks to Professor Wiktor Oktaba for his contribution to the development of biometrics through his organization of the Colloquia in Agricultural Biometrics.
  2. The General Meeting gives thanks to the authorities of Wrocław Agricultural College for their assistance in organizing the Society’s annual conferences.

On February 4-5, 1980, a conference was held in Wrocław devoted to applications of statistical methods in the life sciences. A total of 10 papers were delivered. On February 2-3, 1981, again in Wrocław, the twentieth anniversary conference was held, at which 17 papers were delivered.

On February 7-9, 1983, an annual conference took place devoted to software for statistical methods. The meeting took place in the building of the Land Reclamation Department at Wrocław Agricultural College, Plac Grunwaldzki 24. There were 37 papers delivered. On the afternoon of February 7 the eighth General Meeting of members of the Society took place, at which it was resolved to add to section 24 of the Society’s charter a new paragraph d): "The Scientific Council acts as the editorial board of the Society’s publications." This change to the charter gained official approval on April 28, 1983. Another resolution stated that “Members of the editorial staff of Biometrical Letters are appointed and dismissed by the Scientific Council in consultation with the Management Board.” A new Management Board was elected consisting of Mirosław Krzyśko (chairman), Anna Bartkowiak (vice-chair), Krystyna Katulska (secretary), Hubert Szczotka (treasurer), Witold Kupść (deputy secretary) and Henryk Mikos (deputy treasurer), as well as an Audit Committee consisting of Czesław Kania (chairman), Wiesław Wagner and Zygmunt Welon. The new Scientific Council was composed of Wiktor Oktaba (chairman), Jerzy Baksalary, Anna Bartkowiak, Tadeusz Caliński, Radosław Kala, Mirosław Krzyśko, Marian Piech, Jan Sekuła and Franciszek Szczotka. Franciszek Szczotka informed the General Meeting that he had resigned from the position of editor-in-chief of Biometrical Letters as from January 1, 1983. Consequently, on February 8, 1983, a joint meeting of the new Management Board and Scientific Council took place, which appointed a new editorial staff of Biometrical Letters consisting of Radoslaw Kala (editor-in-chief), Jerzy Baksalary (deputy editor) and Hanna Chudzik (secretary). In 1984, Biometrical Letters Vol. XXI, No. 1 appeared (with the English name as its subtitle) under the auspices of the new editorial staff. The PBS Management Board obtained authorization from the chairman of the Central Office of Inspection of Press and Performances in Warsaw to publish Biometrical Letters as an official journal of the Society. The Academic Publishing House of Adam Mickiewicz University became the journal’s publisher.

On February 6–7, 1984, another PBS conference was held, this time in Poznań, organized together with Adam Mickiewicz University. The meeting took place at the University’s Collegium Novum building. There were 17 papers presented, and a social evening was organized on February 6 at the Carriage House in Czerniejewo.

In 1984, Henryk Mikos, a member of the PBS Management Board, died in Poznań.

On February 4-5, 1985, another conference was held in Poznań, again organized jointly with Adam Mickiewicz University, where 18 papers were delivered.

On a nomination of the PBS Management Board, Dr. Anna Bartkowiakowa was awarded a prize of the Polish Academy of Sciences for 1984.

The next biometrical conference was held in Poznań on February 2–3, 1986. On the second day the ninth General Meeting of members of the Society took place, electing a new Management Board consisting of Mirosław Krzyśko (chairman), Anna Bartkowiakowa (vice-chair), Krystyna Katulska (secretary), Ewa Krusińska (treasurer), Edward Niedokos (deputy secretary) and Stanisław Gnot (deputy treasurer), and an Audit Committee composed of Jan Suwała, Hubert Szczotka and Wiesław Wagner. The new Scientific Council consisted of Wiktor Oktaba (chairman), Tadeusz Caliński (vice-chairman), Jan Sekuła (secretary), Anna Bartkowiakowa, Stanisław Gnot, Radosław Kala, Mirosław Krzyśko, Edward Niedokos and Marian Piech.


A new editorial staff of Biometrical Letters was appointed from 1987. It was composed of Zygmunt Kaczmarek (editor-in-chief), Bronisław Ceranka (deputy editor) and Paweł Krajewski (secretary).



Professor Mirosław Krzyśko
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