Wojciech Roszkowski (born on 20 June 1947 in Warsaw)
Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since 7 June 2018
A politician, economist and scholar specialising in contemporary history, economic history and political sciences.
In 1965 he graduated from the King Władysław IV General Secondary School No. 8 in Warsaw, and in 1971 he completed studies at the Faculty of Foreign Trade of the Central School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw. In 1978 he defended his PhD dissertation, and in 1987 received a post-doctoral degree in economic sciences, working at the Department of Economic History. In October 1990 he also joined the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where he became Head of the Department of Central and Eastern Europe. In the same year he was nominated Vice Rector of the Warsaw School of Economics and performed this role until 1993. Between 1991 and 1995 was the University's Professor. In 1996 he was conferred the academic degree of Professor of Humanities. Between 1994 and 2000 he was the Director of the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and his current function at the Institute is the President of the Scientific Council.
He has been associated with a number of institutions; among others, in the period of the Polish People's Republic he was an activist in the Polish Accord for Independence, and in the 1990s a member of the Publishing Initiatives Council to the Minister of Culture, and at the turn of the 21st century he was a member of the Council of the National Heritage Institute. He has given lectures at universities in the USA. Professor Roszkowski is also editor-in-chief of “Studia Polityczne” and President of the Board of the Polish History Museum. Between 2004 and 2009 he was a Member of the European Parliament elected from the Silesian constituency.
He has authored multivolume publications devoted to the history of Poland in the 20th century, initially published under the alias Andrzej Albert. He wrote “Półwiecze” (Half-century), which is a synthesis of the global political history after 1945, and a series of history coursebooks co-authored by Anna Radziwiłł. In 2016 he published “Świat Chrystusa” (The world of Christ), a three-volume book which explores antiquity.
He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2000) and the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis (2005).
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