LACZAK, Józef

LĄCZAK, Józef. Książnica (near Mielec) 5.12.1926 — 21.8.1989. Polish Linguist, began as an Indologist, but moved into the Finno-Ugrian studies. School at Mielec, studies of Indology (Willman-Grabowska) and Polish Philology at Cracow, graduated in 1952 (diss. “Indian Studies in Poland”). For a few years teacher of Polish in Biecz. 1954 became Lecturer of Polish language and literature at the university of Budapest, then lecturer of Hungarian Philology at the Warsaw University till 1972. In 1972-76 Lecturer of Polish at Helsinki University, where he also studied Finno-Ugrian linguistics and Samoyed languages. In 1976-89 employed at the Indian Institute of the Jagellonian University, Cracow, teaching Sanskrit, Pali and Dravidian languages. Married twice (second time with a Finn), had 3 sons and 1 daughter. The is some problem with years: the list of teachers at Helsinki University gives his years there as 1965–68. In 1971–79 the lecturer was Antoni Krawczykiewicz, whom I well remember holding that office then.

Publications: articles on Finno-Ugrian and Hungarian Philology, unfinished manuscripts of a study of a Polish village in northern Hungary, of a thesis on Udmurt grammar, and of a textbook of Sanskrit.

Sources: Pobożniak, FO 27, 1990, 281; personal information by I. Milewska.

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