Jerzy Kołodziejczak – uczony i dalekowzroczny menedżer nauki


  • Jerzy M. Langer

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Jerzy Kołodziejczak, physicist, semiconductors, galvanomagnetic and nonlinear optical properties, band nonparabolicity, neo-ignorance era, Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Sciences


Jerzy Kołodziejczak, who died on August 1st, 2022 at the age of 87, was a distinguished Polish physicist and a visionary science manager. He graduated at the Physics Faculty of Warsaw University in 1958, received PhD in 1961, habilitation in 1963, and became Professor in 1968. From the beginning of his brilliant and rapid scientific career he worked at the newly created Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Physics in Warsaw, of which he became director in 1970 (for 12 years) and then the creator of the new institute site and its structure of today. His major theoretical and experimental contributions to science of semiconductors followed the observation that understanding of galvanomagnetic and optical phenomena of medium and narrow-gap semiconductors cannot be done without proper account of the nonparabolicity of their bands. He then formulated general theory of these properties, what brought him not only international acclaim, but also several highest recognitions in Poland (first Maria Skłodowska-Curie Scientific Prize of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) in 1967, the State Award of the first class 1978, Polonia Restituta Commander Order with the Star 2005) and membership to the Polish Academy of Sciences (Corresponding Member 1973 and Ordinary Member in 1991). He served several highest offices in the Academy up to the Academy Presidency in 2002. In 1983 was elected a Fellow of the Warsaw scientific Society. He published well over 100 scientific papers and was a Ph Thesis advisor of his 15 associates.