Iurii Shovkoplias

Shovkoplias, Iurii Iur’evich


Born Jan. 24 (Feb. 6), 1903, in Kharkov; died there Oct. 12, 1978. Soviet Ukrainian writer. Member of the CPSU since 1945.

Shovkoplias graduated from the Kharkov Institute of Public Education in 1927. His early stories deal primarily with young people and the scientific-technical intelligentsia. Shovkoplias’ novel The Engineers (books 1–2, 1934–37; new supplementary ed. 1967) describes the scope of the technical revolution and depicts the romanticism of the first five-year plans. The heroes of his trilogy of novels Man Lives Twice (1962–64) are Soviet medical scientists.

Shovkoplias also wrote for children and young people. His works have been translated into other languages of the USSR and foreign languages. Shovkoplias was awarded the Order of Lenin, two other orders, and various medals.


Muratov, I. “Professor Shostenko i drugie.” Literaturnaia gazeta, May 10,1962.
Pys’mennyky Radians’koi Ukrainy: Dovidnyk. Kiev, 1976.