Prof. Janusz K. Rybakowski was the Head, Department of Adult Psychiatry, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, 1995-2016, the Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Medical Academy, Bydgoszcz, 1985-1995, the NIH Fogarty Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1976-1977. He was the President of the Polish Psychiatric Association, 1998-2001. Authored over 700 scientific articles, Hirsch Index 56, and the books “The Faces of Manic-Depressive Illness” (2009) and “Lithium – the Amazing Drug in Psychiatry” (2020). A member of the Editorial Board of 16 international journals. In 2012, received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the European Bipolar Forum, in 2015, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Biological Psychiatry of the World Federation of the Societies of Biological Psychiatry, and 2018, the Mogens Schou scientific award of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders.