Zdzisław Pawlak

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Zdzisław I. Pawlak
Born (1926-11-10)November 10, 1926
Lódz, Poland
Died April 7, 2006(2006-04-07) (aged 79)
Warsaw, Poland
Nationality Polish
Fields Computer science
Institutions Polish Academy of Sciences
Warsaw University of Technology
Alma mater Warsaw University of Technology
Polish Academy of Sciences
Doctoral advisor Henryk Greniewski
Known for Founder of rough set theory
and Pawlak flow graph
Notable awards Order of Polonia Restituta
Hugo Steinhaus Award

Zdzislaw I. Pawlak (10 November 1926 – 7 April 2006) was a Polish mathematician and computer scientist. He was affiliated to several organization, including Polish Academy of Sciences and Warsaw School of Information Technology. He served as the Director of the Institute of Computer Science at the Warsaw University of Technology (1989–96). Pawlak was known for his contribution to many branches of theoretical computer science. He was credited with introducing the rough set theory and also known for his fundamental works on it.[1] He had also introduced the Pawlak flow graphs, a graphical framework for reasoning from data.[2] He was conferred with Order of Polonia Restituta in 1999.[3] He was a full member of Polish Academy of Sciences.

Education and career

Zdzislaw Pawlak was born on 10 November 1926 in Lódz, Poland.[3] He graduated from a public elementary school in 1939. In 1946 he passed his Baccalaureate Diploma examination, and in 1947 he began studies at the Faculty of Electricity at the University of Technology in Łódz. Two years later he moved to the Faculty of Telecommunications at the Warsaw University of Technology. He received his M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications in 1951, after which he worked in the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences until 1957.


  1. Skowron, A.; Peters, J. F. (2006). "Zdzisław Pawlak Commemorating His Life and Work". Rough Sets and Current Trends in Computing. 4259: 49–52.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Hassanien; Suraj; Slezak; Lingras (2008). Rough Computing: Theories, Technologies, and Applications. Information Science Reference.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Słowinski, R. (2006). "Obituary". Fuzzy Sets and Systems. 157: 2419–2422.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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