Jan Piotr Pruszyński, professor of legal studies, was born on 12 May 1941 in Warsaw where he spent the major part of his life. A graduate of the Faculty of Law at Warsaw University he also studied philology and the history of Mediterranean culture and completed postgraduate studies in scientific information and documentation. Throughout almost his entire professional life he remained an employee at the Institute of Legal Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. He was the author of numerous scientific publications, including the monumental and foremost 'Dziedzictwo kultury Polski. Jego straty i ochrona prawna' (Polish Cultural Heritage. Losses and Legal Protection), articles issued at home and abroad, expert opinions, and projects of legal acts. Jan Pruszynski conducted extensive legal and historical studies in Poland and abroad. He received scholarships from Institut International de l'Administration Publique, The British Academy, Centre National des Recherches Scientifiques, Consiglio Nazionale dei Ricerchi, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Arts and Österreichischer Akademie der Wissenschaften. He was fluent in English, Russian, German, French, Italian and Spanish and knew Latin. Lecturer in the Faculty of History at Warsaw University, Faculty of Architecture at Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Conservation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and the Faculty of Law at the Lazarski School of Commerce and Law in Warsaw, as well as at many foreign universities including Bamberg, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Havana, Heidelberg, Jerusalem, Louvain, Oxford, Saarbrucken, Vienna and Vilnius. Jan Pruszynski spent the last years of his life teaching at the Warsaw Academy of Computer Science, Management and Administration. A member of the Council for the Protection of Historical Monuments of the Ministry of Culture and Arts, the Legislative Council of the Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage, the Scientific Council of the Ateliers for the Conservation of Historical Monuments, and an expert for Polish delegations attending diplomatic conferences. A participant of work conducted by inter-governmental commissions for the revindication of works of art. In 1986 awarded the Silver Cross of Merit, and in 1996 - the Golden Cross of Merit. In 2007 Jan Pruszynski was presented the Medal for Merit to Culture 'Gloria Artis' granted by the Minister of Culture and the National Heritage. The indomitable Professor (who died on 11 April 2007) for long refused to succumb of illness and devoted himself to scientific work and activity pursued for the sake of others.