Nikolai Vasilevich Kiuner

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Kiuner, Nikolai Vasil’evich


Born Sept. 14 (26), 1877, in Tbilisi; died Apr. 5, 1955, in Leningrad. Soviet Orientalist-historian and ethnographer.

Kiuner graduated from the department of Oriental studies of the University of St. Petersburg in 1900. In 1902 he became a professor at the Oriental Institute (from 1920, the Far Eastern University) in Vladivostok; he became a professor at Leningrad State University in 1925; in 1932 he also took on the duties of a senior scientific worker at the Institute of Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. His chief works dealt with the history, ethnology, and material culture history of China, Japan, and Korea; he did studies and translations of classical historical literature and wrote works on the study of sources and bibliography. He republished N. Ia. Bichurin’s Collection of Data on the Peoples Inhabiting Middle Asia in Ancient Times (1950–53). He was awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, and a medal.


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“N. V. Kiuner: [Nekrolog].” Ibid, 1955, no. 3.
“Spisok vazhneishikh nauchnykh trudov N. V. Kiunera.” Ibid.
Zenina, L. V. “N. V. Kiuner, istorik Dal’nego Vostoka.” In Ocherki po istorii Leningradskogo un-ta. Leningrad, 1962.
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