After World War II, Stanislaw Karol Kubicki started studying medicine at the main university in Berlin, at that time called Universität Unter den Linden, re-named after the boulevard. The university was located in the eastern sector of the divided city and was increasingly being put under ideological pressure by the Communist leadership in that sector. After three students critical of the new system were expelled for political reasons, Kubicki along with many fellow students and instructors, urged that a new, ideologically free university be founded in one of the western sectors of the city. Their goal was to be able to study and do research without being subjected to political influence. With help from the American Allies and the support of Berlin politicians, a new university, Freie Universität Berlin, was founded on December 4, 1948, during the Berlin Blockade.
Stanislaw Karol Kubicki is the son of Stanislaw Kubicki, a writer, philosopher, translator, and Expressionist painter, who was murdered by the Gestapo in 1943. In 1948 he was officially the first student to enroll at Freie Universität, where he continued studying medicine. Kubicki was a member of the original student union, AStA, which had been founded in the wake of protests against the politically motivated expulsions of three student editors of the Colloquium magazine at Universität Unter den Linden. After completing his medical degree and earning a doctorate, Stanislaw Karol Kubicki became a professor of neurology. He was highly regarded for his research on sleep, and from 1974 to 1991, he headed the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at the Charlottenburg University Hospital of Freie Universität.
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