Janusz Józef Klawe Poland Canada

Biography of Janusz Józef Klawe

Janusz Józef Klawe graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1942 with an MA in Political Economy and Political Philosophy. He came from Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland, and his father, Alfons, was a factory owner. Klawe studied Law at the University of Grenoble before matriculating at the University of Glasgow in 1940, aged 29. During his time in Glasgow, he took courses in Higher Economics, Social Economics, Political Economy, Political Philosophy and Statistics.

After graduating from the University of Glasgow, Klawe married fellow classmate, Kathleen Wreath McCaughan, who would later become a lecturer and Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. Klawe worked in Canada for five years as assistant chief cartographer at the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys in Ottawa, but returned to work in Edinburgh as chief cartographer at Thomas Nelson and Sons, before being appointed Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1963. He was President of the Canadian Cartographic Association (1975-76) and continued to author and co-author many articles and studies in the areas of geography and cartography.

In 2001, the Janusz J. Klawe Memorial Science One Scholarship was established by his family and friends in his honour for undergraduate students entering the Science One Programme of the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia.


Janusz Józef Klawe
Born 7 March 1911.
Died April 1995.
GU Degree: MA, 1942; Arts,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: cartographers; geographers
English snippet: Arts graduate of the University of Glasgow, geographer and cartographer
Record last updated: 19th Dec 2012

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Poland Poland, Łódź, Piotrków Trybunalski
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Canada Canada, Vancouver, Vancouver
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