In Memoriam: Professor Jan Szyszko
11 October 2019

The CIC are saddened to hear of the passing of Poland’s former Minister of Environment, Professor Jan Szyszko, who died on 9 October, 2019 at the age of 75.

He leaves behind a legacy as a distinguished politician, having first entering politics in the late 1980s. He served as Minister of Environment for three terms, a record number, directly overseeing Poland’s environmental policy over the course of two decades.

In addition to his contributions as a public servant, he also established himself with his work in academia. A professor of forestry, specializing in the use of natural and ecological resources, he authored over 100 scientific publications over his academic career.

The President of Poland, His Excellency Andrzej Duda, described him as a “scientist and politician but primarily a good and warm-hearted person, an enthusiast of nature.”

The CIC would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Prof. Szyszko. He will be remembered for his services to Poland as a statesman, and his continuous diligence in the field of the natural sciences.

Photograph provided by: Fundacja Ekologiczne Forum Młodzieży 

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