1872 May 28, born in Vorderbrühl a suburb of Vienna, Austria, as
the fourth child of Wilhelm Smoluchowski and Teofila Szczepanowska (other
children: son Jan, born and died 1867; son Tadeusz 1868-1936; daughter
Joanna, dates unknown; daughter "Tyncia" 1874?-1879).
1880-1890 Attended Collegium Theresianum in Vienna, a secondary school
for the education of higher officials.
1890 Theresianum certificate with distinction.
1890-1894 Study of physics at Vienna University under Joseph Stefan
and Franz Exner.
1894/95 Military service. 1895 Ph.D. in physics at Vienna University
(the highest prize "sub auspiciis imperatoris").
1895 Nov.-1896 July, research in Paris at the laboratory of Gabriel
1896 Sept.-1897 April, research in Glasgow at the laboratory of Lord
Kelvin (William Thomson).
1897 May-August, research in Berlin at the laboratory of Emil Warburg.
1898 Obtained "veniam legendi" ("Privatdozent") at Vienna University.
1899 May, invited to lecture as "Privatdozent" at Lvov
1900 Associate ("extraordinary") professor of theoretical physics at
University. 1900 July, lecture at the 9th Congress of Polish Physicians
(medical doctors) and Natural Scientists in Cracow.
1901 June 1, married Zofia Baraniecka (daughter Aldona, born 1902, died
1984, and son Roman, born 1910).
1901 Doctor honoris causa of law (LLD) at the Glasgow University (according
to the English tradition honorary doctorate is given in a different field
than that of the person thus honored).
1903 full ("ordinary") professor of theoretical physics at Lvov
1905 August-1906 April, research in Cambridge, England, at cavendish
Laboratory with J.J.Thomson.
1906/07 Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Lvov
University. 1906-1907 President of the Copernicus Society of Natural Scientists
1907, July lecture at the 10th Congress of Polish Physicians and Natural
Scientists in Lvov.
1908 Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences and Letters in
1908 Haitnger’s prize of the Vienna Academy of Sciences for the theoretical
explanation of the Brownian motion.
1910 Lecture at the Second International Congress of Cold in Vienna.
1911 July, lecture at the 11th Congress of Polish Physicians and Natural
Scientists in Cracow.
1911-1912 President of the Tourist Section of the Polish Tatra Society.
1912 August, lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians
in Cambridge, England.
1912 Lecture at the 84th Conference of Natural Scientists in Münster,
1912 Lecture at the Scientific-Literary Union in Lvov.
1913 April, lecture in Göttingen at the invitation of the Wolfskehl
1913 May, full professor of experimental physics at the Jagellonian
1915 Mobilized into the army for several months.
1916 June, lecture series in Göttingen at the invitation of the
1916/17 Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at Jagellonian University.
1916 November, as a distinguished alpinist awarded "Silber Edelweiss"
by the German and Austrian Alpine Society.
1917 Full member of the Academy of Sciences and Letters in Cracow.
1917 May, lecture at the Conference of the Society of High School Teachers
1917 June 15, elected rector of the JagellonianUniversity.
1917 September 5, died in Cracow.
Compiled by Alojzy Burnicki.