Stefan Michalski, Conservation Scientist, Canada
Stefan Michalski obtained an Hon. B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from Queen’s University, Canada, in 1972. He worked as a research assistant in visual perception research for several years, and took courses in preparation for entering graduate studies in that field, but decided instead to train as an objects conservator at the then new Queen’s University Masters of Art Conservation program. Since 1979, he has worked as a researcher and consultant in both preventive conservation and treatment processes.
Mr Michalski has published over 60 papers, several of which are of particular interest to cleaning. Topics addressed include the physics of suction table treatments (especially stain removal), the physics of varnish removal from paints by solvents, and the consolidation of porous artefacts. Other papers (all focused on quantification of the phenomenon) have included light damage, leakage of museum enclosures, damage mechanisms of incorrect relative humidity, the mechanics of fracture in paintings, the mechanics of fracture in gilding, and practical methods of risk analyses for collections. In 2005, he received the Harley J. McKee Award from the Association for Preservation Technology International, given to “individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of preservation technology.”