On October 21, 2020, the first rector of Polotsk State University, Ernst Mikhailovich Babenko, would have turned 83. Being a purposeful person, he devoted a significant part of his life to returning higher education to Polotsk and creating a classical university of the European type here. And his professional and personal qualities contributed to the formation of an atmosphere of scientific creativity and goodwill in this educational institution.
Today, the Polotsk National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve funds have formed a whole collection of 263 items that belonged to this person 43 documents show the life and career of Ernst Mikhailovich. 23 awards of doctor of technical sciences, professors are evidence of his achievements in professional and social activities. Valuable sources of information about the management activities of E.M. Babenko became manuscripts and diaries with the author's notes.
Ernst Mikhailovich was fond of reading and had a large personal library. Some of his favorite books, including those with dedicatory inscriptions and the owner's ex-libris, are included in the museum collection. The professor's hobby is playing chess. Friends and acquaintances gave him exclusive chess sets, which were also included in collection of Polotsk National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve.