Baradiyn (Baradin) Badzar Baradievich

16 June 1878 (1878-06-16), Mogoytuy, Aginsk aimak, Buryatia — 24 August 1937 (1937-08-25), Leningrad


Biography, education, career:

In 1902–1905 he was a non-matriculated student at Saint-Petersburg University. In 1905–1907 he travelled to Tibet. In 1907–1917 he taught Mongolian at the Department of Oriental Languages, Saint-Petersburg University. In 1917–1935 he was involved in social and political activity as well as academic work in Buryatia and Mongolia. In 1923– 1926 he held the position of People’s Commissar for Education in Buryat-Mongol Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic; in 1923– 1930 he was member of Buryat Central Executive Committee; in 1923–1929 – Chair of the Academic Committee of the Mongolian People’s Republic; from 1925 – Head of the Historic and Ethnographic Department of Buryat-Mongol Scientific Society named after D. Banzarov; in 1929–1935 – Deputy Director of the Institute of Culture; in 1932–1935 – Head of the Department of the Buryat Language and Literature, Ulan-Ude Pedagogical Institute.

Areas of expertise: History and ethnography of Mongolian peoples; the Buryat and Mongolian languages; Buddhist studies

Awards and distinctions:

In 1907 he received N.M. Przhevalsky Award for his expeditions, ethnographic and geographic research.

Membership in academic organizations and unions:

From 1925 – Full Member of the Academic Committee of the Mongolian People’s Republic.

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