Biography of Józef Siemiradzki



In this work, the biography of Józef Siemiradzki (1858-1933) has been documented by various archival materials, and accompanied by the list of his most important publications. Józef Siemiradzki was a Professor of Palaeontology at Jan Kazimierz University in Lvov, Member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, Honorary Member of the Polish Geological Institute, Commander of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Defender of Lvov, awarded the Cross of Valour. He co-operated with the Museum of the Physiographic Commission in Kraków and the Dzieduszycki Museum in Lvov. He was a representative of the National Department of the Galician Sejm in the expedition to Brazil in aim to support Polish emigrants. He wrote over 60 treatises, e.g. “Explanations to the Geological Map” – the first synthetic presentation of the geological structure of Polish lands, “Geology of Polish Lands” – the first monograph on the geological structure of Poland written in 20th century, and “Palaeozoology” – the first Polish textbook on palaeontology for academic use. In the field of palaeontology and stratigraphy he has been known as an author of the monograph on the Upper Jurassic ammonites from the Kraków Upland and the monograph on the genus Perisphinctes of Western Europe.


history of natural sciences; palaeontology; Józef Siemiradzki; Physiographic Commission; Kraków; Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences; Jan Kazimierz University in Lvov

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