Alexander M. Schenker

Slavic linguistics scholar, author

Born Dec. 20, 1924, Cracow, Poland; came to U.S. 1946; son of Oskar and Gizela (Szaminska); married Christina (Czajka); children: Alfred, Michael, Catherine.

Education: Master of Arts (M.A.), 1950, Ph.D., 1953, Yale University, New Haven (CT).

Career: assistant in instruction, 1950-53, instructor, 1953-56, assistant prof., 1956-62, associate prof., 1962-67, prof. (Slavic linguistics), 1967 -, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University.

Author: Polish Declension: A Descriptive Analysis, 1964; Beginning Polish, vol. I, 1966, vol. II. 1967 (2nd edition, 1973); editor, Fifteen Modern Polish Short Stories: An Annotated Reader, 1970, American Contributions to the Tenth International Congress of Slavists, Sofia, September 1988. Linguistics, 1988; co-editor, For Wiktor Weintraub, 1975, The Slavic Literary Languages, 1980, Studies in Slavic Linguistics and Poetics Presented to Edward Stankiewicz, 1982.

Member of: past board member, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (P.I.A.S.A.); past editor board member, The Polish Review; International Linguistic Association; American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL); American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS); Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Honors: grants, Department of Education, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), International Research & Exchange Board (IREX); Billings Memorial award, 1956; Morse fellowship, 1961-62; Lifetime Achievement award, Polish American Congress (P.A.C.) Connecticut district, 1994.

Languages: Polish, English, Russian, French, German.

Home: 145 Deepwood Drive, Hamden, CT 06517.

From: "Who's Who in Polish America" 1st Edition 1996-1997, Boleslaw Wierzbianski editor; Bicentennial Publishing Corporation, New York, NY, 1996.