Ignacy Domeyko

About Ignacy Domeyko

Who is it?: Geologist
Birth Day: July 31, 1802
Birth Place: Nesvizh, Polish

Ignacy Domeyko

Ignacy Domeyko was born on July 31, 1802 in Nesvizh, Polish, is Geologist. Ignacy Domeyko aka Ignacy Domejko was a world-renowned scientist and educator. Born to a wealthy ethnic Polish family in a large empire, Ignacy spoke several languages and struggled to develop and understand his own identity. Starting his education early, this bright student showed his aptitude and graduated with honors. After a year of imprisonment for supporting an armed rebellion, he entered into self-exile abroad. Completing his higher education in Europe, he was then hired to teach at a university in South America. Traveling to a new continent, Domeyko became a life-long passionate supporter of the region's culture and history. He soon became a respected expert on a wide variety of academic subjects, and was asked by the government to reform the country's entire educational system. The renowned educator implemented modern standards throughout the continent. While pursuing his research and studies, Ignacy traveled widely throughout the region, and later made extensive contributions to anthropology and ethnography. The fair minded educationist was widely respected for his erudition and impartiality, and was regularly consulted to negotiate commercial disputes. Because of his ethnicity, conditions of birth, and long exile, Ignacy Domeyko is claimed as part of four countries' heritage. He is hailed worldwide for his contributions to science and knowledge, and is the eponymous benefactor to flora and fauna species, stamps, coins, objects in space, schools, and natural landmarks
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As per our current Database, Ignacy Domeyko has been died on 23 January 1889 (1889-01-24) (aged 86).

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When Ignacy Domeyko die, Ignacy Domeyko was 86 years old.

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Occupation Scientists
Age 86 years old
Zodiac Sign Leo
Born July 31, 1802 (Nesvizh, Polish)
Birthday July 31
Town/City Nesvizh, Polish
Nationality Polish

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Domeyko enrolled at Vilnius University, then known as the Imperial University of Vilna, in 1816 as a student of mathematics and physics. He studied under Jędrzej Śniadecki. Involved with the Philomaths, a secret student organisation dedicated to Polish culture and the restoration of Poland's independence, he was a close friend of Adam Mickiewicz. In 1823–24, during the investigation and trials of the Philomaths, Domeyko and Mickiewicz spent months incarcerated at Vilnius' Uniate Basilian monastery.


After participating in the November 1830 Uprising, in which Domeyko served as an officer under General Dezydery Chłapowski, in 1831 Domeyko was forced into exile in order not to face Russian reprisals.


In 1838 Domeyko left for Chile. There he made substantial contributions to mineralogy and the Technology of mining, studied several previously unknown minerals, advocated for the civil rights of the native tribal peoples, and was a Meteorologist and ethnographer. He is also credited with introducing the metric system to Latin America.


He served as a professor at a mining college in Coquimbo (La Serena) and after 1847 at the University of Chile (Universidad de Chile, in Santiago), of which he was rector for 16 years (1867–83).


Domeyko gained Chilean citizenship in 1849, but declared at the time that "I may now never change my citizenship, but God grants me hope that wherever I may be—whether in the Cordilleras or in [the Vilnius suburb of] Paneriai—I shall die a Lithuanian." The term "Lithuanian" at that time, however, designated any inhabitant, whatever his ethnicity, of the territories of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania.


In 1884 Domeyko returned for an extended visit to Europe and remained there until 1889, visiting his birthplace and other places in the former Commonwealth, as well as Paris and Jerusalem.


In 1887 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Jagiellonian University, in Kraków.


In 1889, soon after returning to Santiago, Chile, Domeyko died.


In 1992, a plaque in Spanish and Polish was placed on a building at Krakowskie Przedmieście 64, in Warsaw, Poland, commemorating the "distinguished son of the Polish nation and eminent citizen of Chile."


Also in 2002, a 200th-birthday plaque honoring him was placed in the entry gate to Vilnius' Uniate Basilian monastery, where he and Adam Mickiewicz were held in 1823–24 during the investigation and trials of the Philomaths.


Domeyko was born at a manor house located within the then Russian partition of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, at Niedźwiadka Wielka (Belarusian: Мядзьведка — Miadzviedka) Manor (Bear Cub Manor) near Nieśwież (Nesvizh), Minsk Governorate, Imperial Russia (now Karelichy district, Belarus). The Domeyko family held the Polish coat of arms Dangiel. His father, Hipolit Domeyko, who was President of the local land court (Polish: sąd ziemski), died when Ignacy was seven years old; his uncles then served as his guardians.


In 2015 a Belarusian climber Pavel Gorbunov placed a memorial plate on the top of Cerro Kimal in Cordillera Domeyko.

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