Jackowski A., Bilska-Wodecka E., Sołjan I. (red.), 2011 , Peregrinus Cracoviensis, z. 22.
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Profesor Stanisław Liszewski. Wybitny Geograf, Wyjątkowy Człowiek, Wspaniały Przyjaciel
Stanisław Liszewski. Renowned Geographer, Unique Individual, Wonderful Friend
Summary: Professor Stanisław Liszewski is one of a select group of the most renowned Polish geographers who enjoys the utmost respect of his peers in Poland and abroad. This is, first of all, a consequence of his personality. Prof. Liszewski is a great scholar and a person open to the needs of others. He is very kind to anyone who needs his help or advice and remains the greatest authority on human geography in Poland today. Prof. Liszewski is unequivocally recognized by Polish and foreign geographers and researchers in other fields as a hard worker as well as a person dedicated to science and the education of young people. He has devoted his life's work to the University of Łódź, where he served in a variety of prestigious capacities including that of University Rector. He has also played an active role in the academic life of his beloved hometown of Łódź as well as in Poland and abroad. He has served Polish science and Polish geography very well. Stanisław Liszewski was born on November 11, 1940 in the town of Ruda Pabianicka, which became a part of the district of Łódź Górna in the city of Łódź following World War II. His father, Kazimierz, worked his entire life as a tram operator in Łódź. His mother, Marianna, was a homemaker taking care of three children. Stanisław was the youngest child. He enthusiastically became a boy scout in 1956 and devoted a great deal of time to this new endeavor, eventually becoming a scoutmaster. Finally, he became a deputy chief of his scout troop in Łódź Górna. Prof. Liszewski received his high school diploma in 1958. As a high school senior, he decided to pursue geography in college, although earlier he had considered applying to the Łódź Polytechnic. He passed the entrance examination and so began his Great Adventure in Geography. The story of his life is a story of complete devotion to geography. Prof. Liszewski received his master's degree in 1963. He was offered the job of a teaching assistant at the Department of Economic Geography at the University of Łódź. Prof. Liszewski received his doctoral degree in 1970. He received his habilitation degree in 1978, named a professor in 1987 and a distinguished professor in 1990. In 1964 Stanisław Liszewski married Alicja Koszarek who became his faithful companion for the better and for the worse. The couple has two daughters. The older daughter, Agnieszka, is a professor of law at the University of Łódź. She is married to Wojciech Robaczyński who is also a researcher at the University. They have a daughter, Ewa. The Liszewskis' younger daughter, Anna, is a wonderful pianist and an associate professor at the Academy of Music in Łódź. Last but not least is the family's adorable dog, Asik. Professor Stanisław Liszewski is one of a select group of the most renowned Polish and international geographers. His list of publications includes over 330 papers - many of which were published abroad. Almost half of the papers published by Prof. Liszewski cover issues in the geography of settlement. He began to pursue this area of research in the late 1960s by focusing on towns in the Opole Silesia region. Initially he studied individual city neighborhoods. His doctoral dissertation was a comprehensive analysis of a number of neighborhoods. Prof. Liszewski developed a new approach to the study of land use in cities. His approach was based on social, economic and geographic determinants. Furthermore, he was one of the first researchers in Poland to link urban research with suburban research. Prof. Liszewski focused on linkages between small towns and the role of the city in general. One innovative feature of his research addressed urban mapping methods. Prof. Liszewski's research in the field of settlement geography produced a number of theoretical papers, general papers, urban area classification papers, suburban classification papers, new city papers, role of city administration papers, and papers on changes in the spatial structure of living conditions in urban areas. His papers on the geography of settlement, and especially the geography of cities, have become a golden standard in this field. It is also important to note the Professor's immense contribution to the development of young faculty members specializing in this field of study. The Urban Knowledge Seminar, held in Łódź every year since 1987, is also a product of his initiative and has helped propel the careers of many young researchers. The Professor's second principal area of research since 1981 has been associated with the geography of tourism. Approximately 30 percent of his papers deal with this area of geography. Many of his initial tourism papers were quickly recognized for their originality. This was largely the product of Prof. Liszewski's extensive experience with the geography of settlement - a field that he has focused on since college. He has also published a number of interdisciplinary papers (geography of settlement and tourism), most of which contained a large dose of theory and methodology. The linkage of the geography of tourism with the geography of settlement has allowed the Professor to look at present-day tourist settlement issues, in a sense, from above. He has been able to identify stages of development, propose a typology for tourist settlements and identify actions that would help tourism grow in a given area and contribute to that area's overall economic, social and cultural development. This type of research approach was quite innovative in postwar Poland and helped prompt young Polish and other European researchers to pursue work in this area of geography. One of the key accomplishments of Prof. Liszewski has been his establishment of the widely recognized journal "Turyzm". It is the only journal in Poland and one of only a few around the world dedicated to the geography of tourism. The Professor's work in the fields of the geography of settlement and the geography of tourism is clearly focused on the broadly defined concept of geographic space, especially urban space and tourist space. He is credited with promoting research in this area and his publications in this area are often cited in the Polish and international research literature. His thoughts on tourist space have been particularly important, as the "ideology" of this type of space is a starting point for further research. This area of research has been pursued by a number of doctoral students and individuals seeking habilitation degrees. Prof. Liszewski's publications in this field are considered classics in Poland. The city of Łódź has always held a special place in the research of Prof. Liszewski. About 100 of his papers cover the city of Łódź and adjacent areas and address a variety of issues. What they all have in common is that they are a perfect example of solid geographic analysis. The Professor's papers on Łódź cover theoretical issues and unique methodologies that have become a permanent part of the Polish research landscape. All the Łódź papers are model regional analysis papers, which together illustrate just how many issues can be covered for one region. Prof. Liszewski's crowning achievement in the field of urban studies has been his Atlas of the City of Łódź (2002; with supplement 2009). The atlas is an exceptional piece of work for a variety of reasons including the cartographic presentation methods employed. The Professor initiated the atlas project, authored the original design, edited a number of maps and authored a number of maps himself. The atlas is one of the principal accomplishments of Polish cartography in recent years. Professor Stanisław Liszewski has made substantial contributions to the teaching of geography at the university level and the education of a new generation of geographers. His love of teaching and his ability to work with young people are two of his trademarks. He has directed the studies of almost 350 master's students and 26 doctoral students (2 foreigners). Seven of his former doctoral students went on to receive their habilitation degrees and three have become full professors. In 1977 Prof. Liszewski created the postgraduate tourism major at the University of Łódź. He later introduced a new specialization at the Department of Geography called "Geography of Tourism and Hotel Science". The specialization was administered separately from the regular geography major and had a distinct curriculum. In 2003 he created a new major called "Tourism and Recreation". All of the facts mentioned up to this point make it possible to argue that the Łódź School of Geography is very strong, especially in the area of the geography of settlement and tourism. The two specializations make Łodź a leader in each respective field - both in Poland and Europe. A key role in the development of the Łódź School of Tourism has been played by the "Research Workshops in the Geography of Tourism" created by Prof. Liszewski in 1983. The Workshops continue to play a key role today as a forum for the exchange of scientific ideas. This is especially important for young researchers. Several generations of geographers think of Prof. Liszewski as a Master spelled with a capital M. The Professor has also always considered organizational work as a key element of his professional activity. This is true of his work at the University of Łodź, in the city of Łódź, on the Polish research scene and the international research scene. He has held various positions at virtually every level of service at the University. In 1981 Prof. Liszewski became the chair of the Department of the Geography of Cities and Tourism. The Department was renamed an Institute in 2007. In 1978-1981 he served as the Associate Dean of the School of Biology and Earth Science. He later served as the Dean (1981-1984). Liszewski also served two consecutive terms as Associate Rector of the University of Łódź (1984-1990). A few years later, he was offered the top job at the University. Liszewski served as the Rector of the University of Łódź from 1996 to 2002. At the same time, he served as the chair of the Conference of Rectors of State Institutions of Higher Learning in Łódź. The University blossomed during his two terms as Rector. One of his personal accomplishments at the University was the redesignation of the Department of Geography as the School of Geographic Sciences in 2001, which elevated the status of geography at the University. Professor Stanisław Liszewski was a corresponding member of the Commission of the Geography of Tourism and Recreation at the International Geographic Union (1980-1982) and a member of a study group in the geography of tourism at the International Geographic Union (1994-1998). Since 1981 he has been a member of the Committee of the Geographic Sciences at the Polish Academy of Science and served as its chair from 2003 to 2006. As the Chair of the Committee, he also chaired the National Committee for Cooperation with the International Geographic Union. Liszewski was a member of a team of experts serving with several consecutive Ministers of Higher Education and Research (since 1990). He also worked with the following government entities: the National Spatial Management Council (1990-1994), the National Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles (1994-1998), the National Accreditation Commission (2002-2007). Liszewski has also chaired the Conference of Chairs of Collegiate Departments of Geography for many years. Since 1990 he has been a member of the Science Council of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management at the Polish Academy of Science. Finally, he is also an honorary member of the Georgian Geographic Society (Republic of Georgia) and the Slovak Geographic Society. Since 1991 Prof. Liszewski has been the President of the Łódź Scientific Society. The election of one individual to serve several terms is a first in the history of the Society. It is an indication of the immense respect that its members have for Prof. Liszewski. Professor Stanisław Liszewski has always been a great friend of the city of Kraków and the geography community in Kraków. He has long maintained a close relationship with the Department of the Geography of Population, Settlement and Agriculture at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management. His closest friends include Karol Bromek and Adam Jelonek. The Professor also developed a friendship with the faculty of the geography of industry, especially Bronisław Kortus. Since 1983 he has maintained a close friendship with Jadwiga Warszyńska and Antoni Jackowski of the Department of the Geography of Tourism. Finally, many other geographers from the Jagiellonian University have met with Prof. Liszewski over the years. This has included young members of faculty as well. The Professor's interactions with the Jagiellonian geographic community have ranged from the review of doctoral theses to the review of three habilitation theses as well as the review of several candidates for the title of professor. He has also attempted to participate in any conferences organized by the Institute and has been a member of the Editorial Committee of the "Peregrinus Cracoviensis" journal, published by the Institute since 1995. Prof. Liszewski always found the time to work with geographers from the Jagiellonian University - even when he serves as a rector. Personal conversations with the Professor were characterized by immense kindness, an understanding of issues affecting young researchers and suggestions for further research. The Professor has a characteristically warm smile, which projects a large dose of optimism towards the listener. It may be argued that this optimistic smile has played a key role in the scientific career of numerous Polish geographers. The Polish scientific community and the Polish geography community in particular do not have very many distinguished personalities. In order to attain this type of status, a number of personality traits are necessary: great intelligence, strong work ethic, ability to think analytically, ability to think ahead, ability to identify key scientific problems, ability to identify key national and regional issues, ability to initiate projects, ability to make the right decisions, integrity, honesty, respect for others and a love of working with young people. Professor Stanisław Liszewski is that type of rare individual. This is why we may call him a Master or an Institution or simply Our Professor. It is a way of expressing our respect for him. He is a man who will certainly be called a Great Professor or Great Geographer by future generations. We, on the other hand, are happy to live in the same times as he. It gives us an opportunity to talk to this Unique Person and exchange views on a variety of subjects with him. It is quite an honor to live in the same times as this Great Geographer, Unique Man and Wonderful Friend.
Peregrinus Cracoviensis, 2011, z. 22, s. 9-22.
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