Professor Zdzislaw Najder (1930-2021)

Professor Zdzisław Najder (BLitt Literature, 1959; SAM, 1981; Research Fellow, 1989) passed away on Monday 15 February in Warsaw, aged 91.

Professor Najder was a distinguished scholar of Joseph Conrad, and author of a seminal biography Joseph Conrad: A Chronicle as well as of numerous books and articles on the subject which brought him a worldwide recognition among Conradologists. During his long public life he served in 1982-1987 as director of the Polish Section of Radio Free Europe, which brought him a death sentence by the Polish Military Court (overruled only in 1989). He was awarded the Legion d’honneur and Order of Polonia Restituta, Third Class.