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Andrzej Rakowski

musicologist , acoustical engineer

Andrzej Rakowski, acoustical engineer, musicologist. Recipient Cross of Merit/Silver, Minister of Culture, 1971, Cross of Merit/Gold, Minister of Culture, 1973; named to Order of Revival of Poland-Bachelor's Cross, 1982, Officers Cross, 2002.


Rakowski, Andrzej was born on June 16, 1931 in Warsaw, Poland. Son of Mieczyslaw and Janina (Lazynska) Rakowski.


Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, 1957. Master of Arts, State College of Music, Warsaw, Poland, 1958. Doctor of Science, Warsaw University of Technology, 1963.

Doctor of Philosophy, Warsaw University, 1977.


Sound engineer Warsaw (Poland) Film Studio, 1952. Sound producer Polish Disc-Recording Company, Warsaw, 1956-1958. British Council scholar Kings College, Durham University, Newcastle, England, 1958-1959.

Research fellow Central Institute for Deaf, St. Louis, 1978-1979. President Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, 1981-1987, director Music Acoustics Laboratory, 1968—2001, assistant, associate professor musical acoustics, 1955—1982, professor musical acoustics, 1982—2001, professor emeritus, since 2001. Acoustic consultant Great Theater of Opera, Warsaw, 1966—1970.

President science council Institute Musicology Warsaw University, Warsaw, 1979—1981. Vice president Polish Music Council, Warsaw, 1982—1989. Professor musicology Warsaw University, 1987—2003, Adam Mickiewicz University, since 1997.


  • Author: Selected Topics on Acoustics, 1959, Categorical Perception of Pitch in Music, 1978, Access of Youth to Musical Culture, 1984. Editor: Studies on Pitch and Timbre of Sounds in Music, 1999, Creation and Perception of Sound Sequences in Music, 2002. Contributor articles to professional journals.


President Solidarity Union, Chopin Academy Music, Warsaw, 1981. Fellow: Acoustical Society of America. Member: Polish Phonetic Association, European Society Cognitive Sciences of Music (board directors 1991—2000, president 2000-2003), Catgut Acoustical Society, International Society Psychophysics, Union Polish Composers, Polish Academy of Sciences (president committee acoustics since 1996), Polish Acoustical Society (vice president 1971-1975).


  • Other Interests

    Touring, skiing, canoeing.


Married Maria Barbara Dymmel, June 23, 1953 (divorced November 1972). 1 child, Janina Wronska. Married Magdalena Zofia Jakóbczyk, December 30, 1972.

Children: Dorota Zofia, Krzysztof Andrzej.

Mieczyslaw Rakowski

Janina (Lazynska) Rakowski

Maria Barbara Dymmel

Magdalena Zofia Jakóbczyk

Janina Wronska Rakowski

Dorota Zofia Rakowski

Krzysztof Andrzej Rakowski