Accurately 100 years - 1st of April 2019

Author: Adam Żeberkiewicz
Published by: Adam Żeberkiewicz

Congratulations from representatives of state authorities and foreign guests, the highest presidential orders, artistic performances and even layer cake. All these special things has happen while Central Office of Measures celebrated its 100th anniversary. The ceremony took place in the Hall under the Dome at the Ministry of Enterprise and Technology.

On the first day of April, the Hall under the Dome turned into the center of events related to the jubilee of the Central Office of Measures - an institution that has been guarding the uniformity of the measurement system in Poland for 100 years. The conference was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Enterprise and Technology, the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, persons from many institutions related to science and industry, representatives of European national metrological institutions and global organizations dealing in metrology. The scientists, retired and current GUM employees also took part in the event, as well as former members of the Management, including the presidents of the office. From all of them it could be heard the wishes of the next 100 years of fruitful activity in cooperation with science, innovation technologies and the industrial sector.

During the occasional occurrence of the p.o. The President of GUM Mr. Maciej Dobieszewski said that Metrology 100 years ago was supposed to ensure first and foremost technical safety of the uniformity of business transactions. However, nowadays it is increasingly one of the engines of technological progress and innovation.

An important moment of the conference was the handing over high state decorations to distinguished former employees of the office. It was offcially delivered by the Chief of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, Halina Szymańska. Andrzej Gizmajer and dr inż. Wlodzimierz Lewandowski were awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland. The Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta was granted to Magdalena Klarner-Śniadowska and Ewa Mączewska. The Knight's Cross of the Order of Rebirth of Poland was also received by prof. Ewa Bulska from the University of Warsaw, Chairwoman of the Council of Metrology.

During the metrological session, the guests listened to the following lectures:

 Quantum Hall effect and SI redefinition - prof. Klaus von Klitzing, Max Planck Institute, Nobel laureate

Metrology and the economy - a presentation showing the relation of investments in metrology vs. financial profit for the country: Erkki Ikonen, VTT - Euramet - EMPIR

The papers that went beyond the framework of classical metrology were:

The boundaries of technology and artificial intelligence - dr Aleksandra Przegalińska - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) / ALK

 Quantum physics - dr hab. Andrzej Dragan - University of Warsaw / National University of Singapore


On 1st April 2019, a postcard was printed with a printed sign of postage and issue: 100 years of the Central Office of Measures.

The nominal value of the postal mark with the letter A corresponds to the nominal value of the postage stamp used to pay the fee for economic unrecorded letter shipment, including a postal card, in domestic traffic, in S format with a weight of up to 500 g. A card sized 148 x 105 mm printed unilaterally, with the offset technique, on a white carton, with a circulation of 8,000 pieces.

project: J. Ochendzan

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