The Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFJ PAN) was set up in 1955 as the second site of the Warsaw-based institute. It is the effect of the efforts of Professor Henryk Niewodniczański, its first director, and, since 1988, its patron.
The equipment of the IFJ is unique and comprises the AIC-144 and Proteus C-235 cyclotrons, and a Van de Graaff particle accelerator. The institute studies the structure of matter, provides cancer therapy, and conducts international experiments in nuclear physics in the Bronowice Cyclotron Centre that opened in 2015. Part of the European radioactive pollution monitoring network, it also cooperates with numerous foreign research centres.