Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Agricultural University Warsaw, 1955. Master of Science in Forestry, Agricultural University Warsaw, 1957. Doctor of Science, Agricultural University Warsaw, 1964.
Assistant lecturer in botany Agricultural University Warsaw, 1955—1960, lecturer, 1960—1964, University Nigeria, Naukka, 1964—1966, senior lecturer in botany, 1966—1967. Head Department Tropical Forestry, Krakow, Poland, 1968—1970. Organizer 1st director Botanical Garden Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, since 1970, professor botany, since 1980, World Rye Gene Bank, Warsaw.
Member 3d Polish Antarctic Expedition, 1978—1979. High level expert United Nations Environment Programme for environmental problems of wars, 1983.
Member of Polish Forestry Society, Federation European Society Plant Physiology, International Society Horticultural Science, Polish Botanical Society, International Association Plant Taxonomy, International Association Botanical Gardens.
Married Irena Pogorzelska, March 30, 1968. Children: Leszek, Kasia, Asia.