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Introduction
Extracts from the biography
Some reminiscences of his colleagues

The biography of Mieczyslaw (John) Warmus, a pioneer of informatics in Poland spans 44 years and includes his scientific endeavour, his academic achievements and his everyday life in Poland during some of the most turbulent times in recorded history. The period of his life traverses WWII, the Warsaw Uprising, the Stalinist period, life under Communism and the Solidarity movement.
In 1985 Prof. Warmus emigrated to Australia, where he continued his work.

This biography, enhanced by a series of first-person accounts by his fellow researchers and academics, provides a fascinating insight into the early period of computing science behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War.

Extracts from the biography

... Mieczysław Warmus was one of four researchers, and the only mathematician amongst them who, in the beginning of 1948, participated in the first seminar devoted to computing machines in Poland. ...

... In 1957, Professor Władysław ¦lebodziñski mentioned Mieczysław Warmus as the first, and thus far, the only Polish mathematician, whose main thrust of research interests was directed at applied mathematics. ...

... Some of Professor Warmus's early work involved mathematical concepts previously unknown or languishing on the peripheries of interests of his contemporaries. ...

...However, two of Professor Warmus's works: Calculus of Approximations (1956) [item 20] and Approximations and Inequalities in the Calculus of Approximations. Classification of Approximate Numbers (1961) [item 27], are by far the most frequently quoted and discussed books...

... In the mid sixties Mieczysław Warmus established close links with medical scientists. His particular interest in the application of mathematical methods in medicine bore fruit in the form of 61 publications. ...

Extracts from reminiscences of his colleagues

... In the summer of 1961, Professor Warmus received a go-ahead from the Polish Academy of Sciences for the purchase of a digital computer Urał-2 and setting up of the Computation Center. September of that year saw the birth of the Computation Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences (CO PAN). A digital computer Urał-2 was imported, however without even most basic programs. Professor Warmus, Executive Director of COPAN, initiated work aimed at producing programs for the Urał-2 computer. He organized a programming laboratory, two research sections dealing with modeling and statistics and numerical methods. He created a team of engineers to service the Urał-2 digital computer, and a library. ...

(Prof. dr Tadeusz Styś)

... In September of 1963, I presented the first paper on Informatics, "from behind the Iron Curtain", on American soil. Only one year after its creation, COPAN became known to the international, scientific forum. The fact that the contact was established on the "ground level" and not, as it was then the rule, on top, on the "central control level", became a sore in the eye for the servile academic establishment in Poland. After a few years time, they took a severe revenge on this and other "misbehaving" of the rebellious company and its CEO. ...

(Prof. dr hab. Władysław M. Turski)

... In the following years, Professor Warmus focused his interests on a wider range of issues related to diagnostic procedures in diabetes, employing unconventional methods of discrimination of sugar curves. He also constructed spatial geometric model of sugar curves, which allowed for clear-sighted diagnosis in sugar disorders ...

(Prof. dr hab. med. Tadeusz Bogdanik)

...I had met Professor Warmus at the Interval Symposium which was held in Seefeld in Tyrol, Aus­tria, May 16 - 19, 1978. I was impressed by his liveliness and originality and I am honoured to put his work in a historical context, so far as it is concerned with interval computations...

(Prof. dr Jürgen Garloff)


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