History of Faculty

The history of teaching chemistry and scientific researches in the branch of chemistry at Lviv university goes back to 1784, when the first chemistry laboratory was founded.

In 1851 the chemistry department was opened, what was the beginning of modern chemistry departments and chemistry faculty. The foundation of the department and the laboratorty have synchronized with the period of intensive accumulation of experimental data in the field of organic chemistry, fast development of the industry of aniline dyes and pharmaceutical industry. It also explains the fact, that scientific researches of the chemists of university concerned mainly organic chemistry till the beginning of ХХ century.

In 1894 the chemistry department moved to the special building (nowadays – Kyrylo & Methody Str., 6/8). In July, 1895 chemistry department was divided into the department of organic chemistry and the department of inorganic chemistry.

In 1935 the department of physical chemistry was separated from the department of inorganic chemistry. The chemical faculty of Lviv university was founded in 1944-1945 academic year consisting of four departments: inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical and colloidal chemistry.

Since the very foundation a lot of well-known scientists worked fruitfully at the department of chemistry and then at the chemistry faculty. One of them was the first professor of chemistry at Lviv university Burhard Schiverek (1742-1807), who combined teaching activity with the research of mineral waters of the region. The first chief of the department of chemistry was professor Franz Pless (the years of activity 1851-1855), who actually has organized the creation of chemical laboratory. After him the department of chemistry was supervised by Leopold Pebal (the years of activity 1857-1865) and Edward Linnemann (the years of activity 1866-1871). Since 1872 the chemistry department was headed by the well-known Polish scientist Bronislav Radzyshevskiy (1834-1914), who worked continuously during 38 years at Lviv university. Besides immense pedagogical work Bronislav Radzyshevskiy was greatly engaged in scientific activity, which covered a wide range of questions of organic chemistry: aromatic hydrocarbons, benzoin compounds, glyoxaline compounds, the phenomenon of phosphorescence of organic compounds . Significant work was carried out by B. Radzyshevskiy in the field of the research of mineral waters of the region. The scientist has created the first school of the organic chemists at Lviv university . The pupils of B. Radzyshevskiy were well-known for that time scientists Yulian Shram (1852-1926), Stanislav Opolskiy (1876-1918), Bronislav Liahovich (1856-1903).

Before World War II a significant contribution to the development of chemical science at the university was made by professors Stanislav Tolochko (1860-1935), Roman Malakhovskiy (1887-1944), Volodymyr Tshebyatovskiy (1906-1982), Victor Kemulia (1902-1985). The first dean of the chemistry faculty was associated professor Fedir Derkach (1908-1987).

The success of the chemistry faculty in postwar years was connected with the names of professors Yevhen Cherkashyn (1905-1982), Petro Krypyakevych (1923-981 ), Yevhen Gladyshevskiy (1924-2012), Oleh Zarechniuk (born 1923-2002), Roman Skolozdra (1940-1999), Oksana Bodak (1942-2005), Yuriy Kuz’ma (1934-2006), Mykola Zemlianskiy (1905-1976), Mykola Tsvietkov (1920-2006), Roman Kucher (1925-1991), Stepan Chykhriy (1963-2005), Yevgen Koval’chuk (1939-2012), associated professors Vasyl Zolotukhin (1903-1993), Olexandr Komliev (1903-1972), Roman Holovatiy (1902-1978).