It is with heavy hearts that we have learned of the passing of Professor Włodzimierz Siwiński, the Rector of the University of Warsaw between 1993 and 1999. Professor Siwiński was the Director of the American Studies Center between 1981 and 1984.
Włodzimierz Siwiński was born on April 24, 1939 in Legionów, Poland. He earned his MA in Economics from the University of Warsaw in 1961, and his PhD in Economics in 1968. In 1970, he completed postgraduate studies at the University of Amsterdam; in 1976, he obtained habilitation at the University of Warsaw. He was a research fellow at Kent State University in Ohio in 1978 – 1979 and at Indiana University at Bloomington in 1984 – 1985.
He was a titular professor since 1987 and a full professor of economics since 1992. Throughout his career, Professor Siwiński made significant contributions to the field of economics, particularly in the areas of international trade and economic integration. He authored a number of important publications, including Szkice o gospodarce światowej (Warszawa: Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, 1985), a monograph he coauthored with Professor Romuald Kudliński, and Creditworthiness and Reform in Poland: Western and Polish Perspectives (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988), which he coedited with Professor Paul Marer.
In addition to his scholarly work, Professor Siwiński was deeply committed to the University of Warsaw, where he served as a professor of economics since 1992 and held the position of the Rector for two terms. During his tenure as the Rector, he oversaw the construction of the much-acclaimed University of Warsaw Library building right across the street from where the ASC is now located.
We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends.