Articles on Copernicus's Grave, by Michal Kokowski

Copernicus portrait from Academic High-school (Torun), about 1580-85 Copernicus epitaph from Frombork cathedral, 1735 Copernicus monument (Warsaw) by Bertel Thordwaldsen, about 1830 Copernicus monument (Torun) by Fryderyk Tieck, 1850 Copernicus monument (Krakow) by Cyprian Godebski, 1900 Copernicus monument (Olsztyn)

The Current Quests for Copernicus's Grave:
Doubts, Problems and Perspectives

Portrait of Copernicus from Muzeum Okregowe in Torun

In 2004–2005 the news went around the world on the quest for Nicholas Copernicus's grave in Cathedral in Frombork (Warmia, Poland). Then in 2006 the identification (with 97% probability) of this grave was reported. The crucial argument that spoke in favour of this identification was an alleged resamblance among a forensic reconstruction of the face of the skull labeled as 13/05 and the portrait of Nicolaus Copernicus from Muzeum Okręgowe w Toruniu. These studies were continued in 2005–2009, when they were extended to include genealogical research and DNA analyses.

Reconstruction by nadkom. mgr Dariusz Zajdel, CLK KG Reconstruction by nadkom. mgr Dariusz Zajdel, CLK KG

Though I am a determined supporter of the quests for Nicholas Coper-nicus's grave, I take a critic stance with respect to the value of the argu-mentation and empirical evidence presented during these quests. See:

It is worth of adding here that the author of these papers is the only one Polish scientist who has got both a doctor degree and a higher one called in Poland "doktor habilitowany" in the field of Copernican studies. Moreover, he is a factual co-author of the document Frombork Proclamation (which encouraged to further research and professional popularisation of Copernicus's achievements) and its co-signatory (on the behalf of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, the oldest scientific academy in Poland).


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