Bronislaw Geremek was a Polish politician and historian. As a historian, he worked from 1955 to 1985 at the Historical Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and between1960 and 1965 was Professor at the Sorbonne in Paris and manager of the Polish Culture Centre of that same university. Geremek began his political career as leader of the Freedom Union. Later, he became Foreign Minister. He was also a co-founder of trade union Solidarność. Geremek was a member of European Parliament from 2004 until his death.