Prof. Ing. Jozef Sládek, CSc. nonagenarian

Katedra biológie a ekológie, Fakulta prírodných vied UMB, Tajovského 40, 974 01 Banská Bystrica 


Prof. Ing. Jozef Sládek, Ph.D. is known as a significant representative of Slovak zoology (ornithology and mammaliology). He is also respected lecturer, illustrator and animal popularizer and nature conservationist. He was born on 25 March 1927 in Tesáre nad Žitavou (Zlaté Moravce district). Graduated from the University College of Agriculture and Forestry Engineering in Košice (1952). After graduation he entered the University College of Forestry and Wood Technology in Zvolen (now Technical University). Ph.D. study he acquired at the Agricultural University in Prague (1963), he was appointed as a Docent (Associate Professor) of forest zoology (1973) and as a Professor in Technical University in Zvolen (1992). At this university he has been lecturing on forest zoology, special nature conservation and ecological bases of hunting. Scientific activities of Professor Sládek is mainly focused on food ecology of birds of prey, large carnivores, especially the brown bear and animal protection. He is an author of ten university textbooks (scriptum) and books, more than 50 original scientifis research papers and many other papers. As a personality with wide range of knowledge and interests, Jozef Sládek has also proved successful in popularisation of zoology. Under the supervision of Professor Sládek more than 70 diploma thesis and Ph.D. dissertations were created. All who know him, appreciate his friendly character, conscientiousness, veraciousness and modesty.

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