Professor Alicja Szweykowska (1926- 2002) On 8 November 2002 Prof. Alicja Szweykowska, Professor emeritus of the Faculty of Biology of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznar~, Head of the Departments of General Botany (1961-1978) and Plant Physiology (1978-1988) of Adam Mickiewicz University, a legend of Polish botany and plant physiology died in a tragic car accident. Since 1947 Alicja Szweykowska has worked in the Department of Botany, first as an assistant, and then, af- ter her PhD, as an assistant professor. She was always interested in the influence of plant hormones, espe- cially from the cytokinin group on the morphogenetic processes as well as the connection of these sub- stances with the mechanisms regulating the processes of synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins. Prof. Szweykowska remained faithful to these subjects and her many scientific publications in renowned scientific journals made her an unquestionable authority both in Poland and abroad and gave her a perma- nent place in the plant physiology textbooks. For many years, Prof. Szweykowska was an active member of Polish and international scientific societies. For her outstanding achievements in the field of botany Prof. Szweykowska received the Wladystaw Szafer medal of Polish Botanical Society in 1995. Prof. Szweykowska was a member of the Committee of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences. She had also worked for many years in various journals and magazines. She was a very active member of the Editorial Council of Acta Physiologiae Plantarum helping the authors to improve and make their articles perfect. She has promoted 72 MSc and 12 PhD theses. Almost all the professors now employed at the Department of Plant Physiology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznafi were her students. Prof. Szweykowska has significantly contributed to the development of new generations of plant physiologists reviewing 22 PhD and 20 habilitation theses. She is also the co-author of the textbook Botany as well as the author of the textbook Plant Physiology, widely used in Polish Universities. All of us who had a chance to meet and work with Prof. Szweykowska, her students and co-workers from the Department of Plant Physiology of Adam Mickiewicz University in Pozna~, will always remember Prof. Szweykowska through her untiring and fruitful scientific activities as well as scientific ideas she passed down to us and scientific pathways which she encouraged us to explore. We will always cherish her in our memories as our master and also someone very close to us. Grzegorz Jackowski
Acta Physiologiae Plantarum – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 25, 2003
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