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Leszek Antoni Kosinski

geography educator

Leszek Antoni Kosinski, Polish geography educator.


Kosinski, Leszek Antoni was born on June 13, 1929 in Warsaw, Poland. Arrived in Canada, 1968, naturalized, 1974. Son of Jakub and Emilia Kosinski.


Master of Arts Economic, Central School Planning & Statistics, 1951. Master of Arts History, University Warsaw, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy, Polish Academy of Sciences, 1958.

Docent, Polish Academy of Sciences, 1963.


Junior researcher Institute Town Planning and Architect, Warsaw, 1950—1954. Senior researcher Institute Geography Polish Academy of Sciences, 1954—1968. Professor geography University Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 1969—1994.

Secretary-general, treasurer International Geography Union, 1984—1992, laureat d'honneur, 2008. Secretary-general International Social Science Council, Paris, 1994—2003. With Polish Underground, 1943-1944.


  • The Emergency Evacuation of Cities

    (Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Book for...)

  • Ecological Disorder in Amazonia: Social Aspects
  • Ecological Disorder in Amazonia Social
  • Author: The Population of Europe: A Geographic Perspective, 1970. Author: (with W. Zelinsky) Emergency Evacuation of Cities, 1991. Editor (with R.M. Prothero): People on the Move: Studies on Internal Migration, 1975.

    Editor: (with J.I. Clarke and M. Khogali) Population and Development Projects in Africa, 1985. Editor: Ecological Disorder in Amazonia, 1992, Issues in Global Change Research: Problems, Data and Programs, 1996. Editor: (with V. Hoffman-Martinot) What Partnerships for the City: International Approaches, 1999.

    Editor: (with K. Pawlik) Social Science at the Crossroads, 2003. Contributor articles to professional journal.


Fellow: Royal Society of Canada. Member: Canada Association Geographers (Service to Profession of Geography award 1994), Population Geographers of India, International Union for Science Study of Population, Italian Geography Society (correspondent), Polish Geography Society (honorary), Paris Geography Society (honorary), Russian Geography Society (honorary), Academy Raumforschung and Landesplanning (correspondent), Canada Association Slavists, Canada Population Society (president 1984-1986).


  • Other Interests

    Travel, photography, skiing.


Married Maria Leokadia Bodakiewicz, April 2, 1951.

Jakub Kosinski

Emilia Kosinski

Maria Leokadia Bodakiewicz