Zdenko KriŽan (1915 - 2005), physician, anatomist and teacher, is an important academic figure of the 20th century, especially in the South Slavic area. He participated in the founding of three anatomical institutes and directed their work. During the years of his career he was teaching and he did scientific research. Prof. KriŽan is author of three compendia of anatomy for Medicine and Dentistry students. The results of his anatomical research, mainly in the area of the head skeleton and blood vessels, were published in national and international scientific journals. This article is a rewiew of prof. KriŽan's biography data.