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Krzysztof Ludwik Birkenmajer

geology educator

Krzysztof Ludwik Birkenmajer, Polish geology educator.


Birkenmajer, Krzysztof Ludwik was born on October 6, 1929 in Warsaw. Son of Józef and Maria (Jetkiewicz) Birkenmajer.


Master of Science in Geology and Paleontology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, 1950. Engineer geologist, Technology University Mining and Metallurgy, Cracow, Poland, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy in Geology, Warsaw University, 1957.


Lecturer department geology Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, 1949-1950, senior lecturer, 1951, Technology University Mining and Metallurgy, Cracow, 1951-1954. Adjunct professor Institute Geological Sciences Polish Academy of Sciences, 1954-1959, assistant professor, 1959-1967, associate professor, 1967-1973, professor, since 1973. Visiting professor Institute History Geology and Palaeontology University Copenhagen, 1975-1976.

Spitsbergen geological summer field party leader Norwegian Polar Institute, Oslo, 1962, 66, 70, senior geologist, 1989. Geological summer field party leader Northeast Greenland Geological Survey Greenland, Copenhagen, 1971, 76. Member Multilateral Cooperation Academies Sciences Socialist Countries Problem Commission IX, 1974-1989, national representative 1974-1988.

Member Geophysical and Geodynamic Model of the Lithosphere Carpathian-Balkan region, 1981-1989. Member W.G. Geology Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, since 1978, Polish national delegate, since 1984, member group splsts. on Cenozoic paleoclimate and paleaeoecology of the southern high latitudes, 1986-1992, member group splsts. on environment and conservation, 1988-1999, scientific secretary, 1992-1996. National Polish delegate Council Managers National Antarctic Programmes, 1988-1992, International Arctic Science Committee, 1991, member council, since 1991.

Member stratigraphic committee Svalbard, Oslo, Norway, since 1990. Member scientific council National Park Pieniny Mountains, Carpathians, Poland, since 1960, vice president, since 1963. Member general committee International Council Scientific Union, 1993-1998.

Invited expert United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization/IUGS International Geological Correlation Programme, Budapest, 1969-1971, member board, 1987-1992, national representative regional meetings, Helsinki, 1992, Budapest, 1997, participant in projects. Member, leader numerous expeditions, Spitsbergen, Norway, East Greenland, West Antarctica.


  • Member editorial board Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 1965-1998, Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae, since 1989, Studia Geological Polonica, managing editor, 1958-1987, chief editor, since 1987. Member editorial advisory board Journal Structural Geology, since 1988, Acta Geologica Hungarica, since 1992. Contributor numerous articles to profl journals.


Fellow Polish Society Nature, Geological Society Poland (secretary general 1951-1957, honorary), Geological Society Norway, Geological Society of America (honorary), The Explorers Club. Member Polish Academy of Sciences (correspondent, member committee geological science, prizes scientific secretary 1955, 59, 60, 73, 79, 84, 87), National Geographic Society, New York Academy of Sciences, Academy Romana (Bucharest, Romania, honorary), Geological Society of America (honorary), Geological Society Poland (honorary), Österreichische Geologische Gesellschaft (honorary), International Association Sedimentologists (member council 1963-1967), Intern-Union Commission Geodynamics (Working group 9, correspondent 1973-1980), Carpatho-Balkan Geological Association (co-organizer meetings 1963, 85), Geologische Vereinigung (member council 1990-1995), International Association Structural/Tectonic Geologists (Manchester, England), Geograph. Society Poland.


Married Maria Jadwiga Borowiejska, 1952. Children: Dominika, Iwo.

Józef Birkenmajer

Maria (Jetkiewicz) Birkenmajer

Maria Jadwiga Borowiejska

Dominika Birkenmajer

Iwo Birkenmajer