Palmbakh, Aleksandr Adolfovich

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Pal’mbakh, Aleksandr Adol’fovich


Born Aug. 29 (Sept. 10), 1897, in Drissa, now in Vitebsk Oblast; died Oct. 22, 1963, in Kyzyl. Soviet philologist. Member of the CPSU from 1940.

Pal’mbakh graduated from the Moscow Archaeological Institute in 1918. He became a professor in 1960. Pal’mbakh taught at the Communist University for Workers of the East, the Cheliabinsk Pedagogical Institute, and elsewhere. He was a researcher at the Tannu-Tuvan Research Institute of Language, Literature, and History. Pal’mbakh was a specialist in Tannu-Tuvan language and literature and one of the developers of the Tannu-Tuvan national writing system (1930). He coauthored the first scholarly grammar of Tannu-Tuvan (1961, with F. G. Is-khakov) and was an editor and one of the compilers of the Russian-Tannu-Tuvan (1953) and Tannu-Tuvan-Russian (1955) dictionaries. As a writer and translator (pen name, A. Temir), Pal’mbakh played a prominent role in the establishment of a Tannu-Tuvan literature. He also translated the works of S. Tok and S. Saryg-ool. He was awarded four orders, including two from the People’s Republic of Tannu-Tuva.


Aleksandr Pal’mbakh—pisatel’ i chelovek Kyzyl, 1967.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.