Seminar: „Professor Jan Czochralski - prominent Polish scientist”

Year 2013 was proclaimed by the Polish Parliament the Year of Professor Jan Czochralski. AGH University of Science and Technology kindly invite to participate in the seminar dedicated to professor Jan Czochralski.

Seminar will be held on October 23rd, 2013 at 12.00 p.m. in the AGH UST Assembly Hall, Krakow, al. A. Mickiewicza 30.


Professor Jan Czochralski (23 October 1885 – 22 April 1953) Polish chemist, metallurgist, the most cited Polish scientist, and the most famous after Copernicus and Maria Skłodowska-Curie.

His world wide famous Czochralski method, which he discovered in 1916 while investigating the crystalization rates of metals, is a method of crystal growth used to obtain single crystals of semiconductors, metals, salts and synthetic gemstones. Forgotten after II World War, it was rediscovered in 1950 in time of increasing demand for semiconductor electronics materials, by Americans Gordon K. Teal and J.B. Little from Bell Laboratories .They used the method to grow single germanium crystals, what later resulted in its wide use in semiconductor production.

Czochralski method led to development in such scientific areas as solid state physics, electronics and materials science.