Professor Jerzy Buzek Honorary Citizen of Warsaw

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Jerzy Karol Buzek, (born in 1940)
Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since June 2011.

Professor Jerzy Karol Buzek, PhD. Eng., born on 3 July 1940 in Śmiłowice in the Cieszyn Silesia. Professor of technical sciences, MP in the third Sejm, and the Polish Prime Minister in the years 1997-2001, Member of the European Parliament. In the years 1957-1963 he studied at the Faculty of Mechanics and Power Engineering at the Silesian University of Technology. In 1963 he received the Diploma of M. Sc. Eng. in mechanics and power engineering. He then started work at the Institute of Chemical Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 1969 he defended his doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Chemistry of the Silesian University of Technology. In September 1980 he began his activities in NSZZ “Solidarność” (the Solidarity Trade Union). He became the Head of the Company Committee of the Union. In the summer of 1981 he participated in the 1st National Congress of Solidarity Trade Union Delegates. With his colleagues, he published the “S” bulletin. In February 1997 he became coordinator of the team of economic experts in the political party Solidarity Electoral Action. Between 1997 and 2001 he was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland.
In 2009, as a member of the Civic Platform party he became a Member of the European Parliament for the second time, achieving the highest support in the country.
On 14 July 2009 he was elected to the office of the President of the European Parliament.
Doctor honoris causa of the Universities of Dortmund, Seul, Isparta, and the Opole University of Technology. In 1998 he was voted European of the Year.