Professor Emeritus Stanislaw Czamanski dies at 94

August 23, 2012

Stanislaw Czamanski, professor emeritus of city and regional planning, died on August 20 at age 94, in Israel. Czamanski was a professor at Cornell from 1966 until his retirement in 1988.

A world expert on economic and industrial development, Czamanski led the preparation of and participated in a multitude of urban and regional development plans. He was the first to formulate the concept of competitive industrial complexes. His book, Regional Science Techniques in Practice, is considered a classic in the field. He served as deputy director of UNDP for Asia, as adviser to a variety of governments, including Iran, Brazil, and Canada.

In 1972, Czamanski — along with professors Walter Isard, Barclay Jones, and Sidney Saltzman — organized the graduate regional science program under the administrative auspices of the city and regional planning department.

The Cornell graduate program in regional science, which has now conferred more than 50 doctorates and 70 master's degrees, is presently the only such degree-conferring program in the United States.

The Stanislaw Czamanski Papers, 1942–1990 are held by the Cornell University Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.