Professor Andrzej Wieckowski was born in Łódź, Poland, on February 22, 1945, the son of Andrzej and Halina (Motylewska) Wieckowski. He obtained his M.Sc. (1968), Ph.D. (1972), and D.Sc. (1981) degrees from the University of Warsaw, Poland; his Ph.D. degree was carried out under the direction of Prof. Jerzi Sobkowski. From 1973 until 1983, he held appointments initially as an associate and later as an assistant professor at the University of Warsaw.