Professor Matthews Howeda of the College of Medicine at Collegium Medicom Jagiellonian University is 29 years old. According to the university, Howaydah is the youngest full-time professor in history. President Andrzej Duda made the decision to award him the title on July 4, 2022.

The youngest professor in the history of Poland: defeats were more than victories

On Wednesday, July 20, Mateusz Hoeda announced in his social media that he had been awarded the title of Professor. He also showed a letter signed by Andrzej Duda that he had received from the President’s Chancellery.

Perhaps this is the moment every scientist has been waiting for. Nine years of extensive research work resulted in me being awarded the title of Professor of Medicine. Thus, at the age of twenty-nine, I became the youngest professor in the history of Poland,” Hołda wrote on Facebook. “There have been more failures than victories in the way of this success. It was hard (sometimes very hard), but it was definitely worth it.”

The newly appointed professor thanked everyone who contributed to its success. “There are so many of you!” – Hoeda confirmed. “I think this is not the end of my scientific path, but only the beginning,” he added.


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Mateusz Howeda became the youngest professor in Polish history

Jagiellonian University asserts that Howida is the “absolute record holder”. Until now, no scientist had received the title of Honorary Professor before the age of thirty.

“Two years ago, Krzysztof Swinica from the University of Life Sciences in Wroclaw became a professor at the age of 35. This spring, 36-year-old Paweł Chmielarz from the Rzeszów University of Technology was nominated. In 2005, the youngest scientist to hold the title of professor is 37-year-old Marek Ojela from the AGH University of Science and Technology. In the fall of 2021, Wojciech Petek from the University of Warsaw joined the group of professors at the age of 38. Adam Mickiewicz in Pozna – the university reported in a press release.

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Who is Matthews Hoyda?

Mateusz Howeda was born on September 27, 1992 in Tarnow. The university describes Professor Howida’s scientific career, stressing that it was “impressive from the start”.

Howayda completed his doctoral thesis in 2017 as a sixth year medical student. “This was the first time in Poland that a student obtained a doctorate in medical sciences before completing their master’s studies,” the university asserts. He qualified more than two years ago, becoming the youngest in the history of Polish science to hold a postdoc.

For many years, Hołda was associated with the Department of Anatomy at the Jagiellonian University School of Medicine, where in 2013 he founded the international research team HEART – Embryology and Anatomy Heart Research Team, which deals with research on the structure of the cardiovascular system. Professor Howayda’s scientific achievements include nearly 100 publications in leading scientific journals.

In 2019, the American magazine “Forbes” placed him on the list of “30 under 30” among a prestigious group of people who, although not yet thirty, have already become leaders in their industries. In the same year, he was recognized by the British research institution Emerging Europe as the most influential European among the younger generation.


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