July 12, 2019

Petro Tronko’s Birthday: University Remembers

Today Karazin University community is celebrating the 104th birth anniversary of the Hero of Ukraine, Merited Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, laureate of the USSR State Prize, Honorary Citizen of Kharkiv and more than 20 other cities of Ukraine, First Head of the Board of Overseers and Doctor Honoris Causa of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Petro Tronko.

The life and activities of this prominent scholar and public figure were closely related to Kharkiv Region and, in particular, with Karazin University.

Petro Tronko was born in the village Zabrody (now Bohodukhivskyi district of Kharkiv Region). There he obtained secondary education and began the labor way. The Kharkiv volume that was published in 1966 became the “first swallow” of the great History of Cities and Villages of the Ukrainian SSR. Already at the beginning of the 21st century, the communities of Bohodukhov, Kharkiv and Kharkiv Region awarded the Honored citizen to Petro Tronko.

In 1997, he was elected Doctor Honoris Causa of the Kharkiv University. From 2003 to the end of his life, he headed the University Board of Overseers. Petro Tronko repeatedly visited Karazin University, supported Karazinites’ initiatives, including the opening of the first-in-Ukraine University Center for Area Studies, which is named after him now. In his honor and name, the University opened a memorable classroom, set up a memorial plaque, and founded a prize for the best report at the traditional International Area Studies Conference of Young Scholars. One of Kharkiv streets was named after him at the initiative of the University community.

In 2015, to mark the occasion of Petro Tronko’s birth centenary, Karazin University opened the memorial plaque on the University Main Building.

Translation by Elvira Akhmedova

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