Graduated in three fields: Fundamental Problems of Technology (AGH, 1986), Physics (UJ, 1987) and Philosophy (PAT, 1994), Michal Kokowski works in the Department for the History of Exact and Natural Sciences and Technology in the Institute for the History of Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences — since 17 January 2013 as Professor, Habilitated Doctor ("profesor doktor habilitowany" in Polish terminology.
He is a Member of the Commission of the History of Science of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (he serves as Secretary of this Commission), a Member of the Commission of Philosophy of Natural Sciences of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (he serves as Secretary of this Commission), a Member of Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (he is Manager of the "Copernican group" of this Center) and a Member of the European Society for the History of Science (he serves as a Member of the Scientific Board of this Society).
He was a participant of the International Congresses of History of Science and Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and the International Conferences of the European Society for the History of Science.
Futhermore, he organised in Cracow (Poland) several conferences on the history of science, including The Conference of the Centenary Occasion of the Impression of Ludwik A. Birkenmajer's Monograph Mikolaj Kopernik (1900) (Cracow, 14 October 2001) and The 2nd International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (Cracow, 6-9 September 2006).
He published, among others, in Physical Review B, Solid State Physcis, Theoria et Historia Scientiarum, Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w Nauce and Kwartalnik Historia Nauki i Techniki.
His general scientific interests are focused on different aspects of history and philosophy of the exact sciences like detailed mathematical considerations, methodology, philosophy of scientific discovery, as well as the relationships of the exact sciences with humanistic culture (philosophy, theology and arts) and technology. In particular, he is researching the question of Wadyslaw Natanson and Thomas S. Kuhn's thoughts and the genesis, essence and reception of Copernicus's achievements.
Moreover, as the only one person in Poland he has got both a doctor degree and a higher one called in Poland "doktor habilitowany" in the field of Copernican studies - see Thomas S. Kuhn and the issue of the Copernican revolution" ("Studia Copernicana", vol. 39 (2001)) and Copernicus's Originality. Towards Integration of Contemporary Copernican Studies (Warsaw-Cracow 2004).
In 2005 and 2006 he criticed the current quests for Copernicus's grave, because of serious lacks in their justification.
In December 2007 he launched Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (edited and typeset by M. Kokowski) in online edition, and in March 2008 their CD-ROM version (ISBN: 978-83-60183-42-7).
In 2009 his monograph Different faces of Nicholas Copernicus - meetings with the history of interpretations (pp. 676) was issued. In 2010, for writing this book, he had been a laureate of The Nicholas Copernicus Scientific Award of the Cracow City Foundation. (The Award is given every five years by the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.)
In 2010, he organized The Academic Conference "The Nicolaus Copernicus grave mystery. A dialogue of experts" (Cracow, 22–23 February 2010). During the conference, the significant concerns had been raised regarding the alleged final finding of Nicholas Copernicus' remains.
See: the websites of the conference and especially the post-conference peer reviewed collective monograph The Nicolus Copernicus grave mystery. A dialog of experts (Kraków 22–23 II 2010), pp. 320, released in December 2012. This monograph contains very important works, particularly those that challenge the correctness of argumentation in favor of the discovery of the grave of Nicholas Copernicus.