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Józef Razowski

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Józef Razowski
Born (1932-04-04) 4 April 1932 (age 92)
Alma materJagiellonian University
AwardsPolish State Award
Ignaz Schiffermüller medal
Scientific career
InstitutionsInstitute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Józef Razowski (born 4 April 1932) is a Polish entomologist and lepidopterist specializing in Tortricidae.[1] He is an honorary member of the Polish Entomological Society and a working member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (PAU).[2] From 1988 to 1997, Razowski headed the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals.[3]


Józef Razowski was born in Milówka, a village in the southern part of Poland. After finishing engineering studies at the Tadeusz Kościuszko University of Technology in 1953, he started working at the Faculty of the Systematic Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) a year later, of which he was director from 1988 to 1997. [nb 1] In the meantime, he pursued further studies at Jagiellonian University, getting his master's degree in 1958 and a PhD in 1961. Razowski then received habilitation in 1966 and was given the title of professor in 1973.[3] In 1975, he founded the Lepidopterology Section of the Polish Entomological Society, which he directed for five years.[1] Razowski retired in 2003.[3]

Razowski specialises in the anatomy, morphology, systematics, and ecology of moths and butterflies of the Palearctic and Neotropical realms, with a focus on tortrix moths, and is credited with the creation of new concepts of the classification of Lepidoptera.[1] Between 1953 and 2006, he has described 1744 Lepidopteran taxa[4] and has written about 20 books and monographs on entomology.[5]

For his contributions in biology, he received some awards, including the Polish State Award [pl] of Second Degree and the Ignaz Schiffermüller medal.[3]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ The Institute was later renamed the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals


  1. ^ a b c Bunalski, Marek; Lipa, Jerzy J.; Nowacki, Janusz, eds. (2001). "Almanach Entomologów Polskich XX wieku" (PDF). Entomological News of the Polish Entomological Society (in Polish): 163–164. ISSN 0138-0737.
  2. ^ "Członkowie Wydziału IV Przyrodniczego". Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (in Polish).
  3. ^ a b c d "Józef Razowski • Instytut Systematyki i Ewolucji Zwierząt". Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Polish Academy of Sciences (in Polish). Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  4. ^ Przyboś, Ewa; Razowska, Aniela (30 June 2008). "List of the taxa of Lepidoptera, primarily Tortricidae, described by Józef Razowski in the years 1953-2006". Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia - Series B: Invertebrata. 51 (1): 149–222. doi:10.3409/azc.51b_1-2.149-222. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Razowski Józef". Encyklopedia PWN (in Polish). Retrieved 2021-06-07.

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