Adam Mickiewicz University

Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Polish: Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu) is one of the major Polish universities, located in the city of Poznań in western Poland. It opened on May 7, 1919, and since 1955 has carried the name of the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz.

Among the University’s most famous graduates are the mathematicians who broke the Enigma machine: Marian Rejewski, Henryk Zygalski, and Jerzy Różycki. Other leading alumni include poet Stanisław Barańczak, composer Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, businessman Jan Kulczyk, and journalist and communist-era dissident Adam Michnik.

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