On June 13, 2021 Margarita Iosifovna Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya, D.Sc. in History and a longtime researcher at IOM RAS, has passed away at the age of 88 years.
Margarita I. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya started working at the Institute in 1956 after graduating from the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the Leningrad State University. Her professional life was tied to our Institute and the study of its collections. She was a renowned expert on paleography and translation of Indian and Central Asian manuscripts. She was a hardworking and energetic scholar who conducted thorough and detailed research on manuscripts. She has published outstanding works on the history of handwritten texts of India, Tibet, and the Silk Road region (Handwritten texts in the culture of India. Handwritten texts in the culture of pre-Islamic Central Asia / Handwritten texts in Oriental cultures. Book 2. Moscow, 1988 [Рукописная книга в культуре Индии. Рукописная книга в культуре Центральной Азии в домусульманский период / Рукописная книга в культуре народов Востока. Книга вторая. М., 1988]). She always viewed manuscripts as cultural artefacts and participated in the large-scale project to publish Indian manuscripts of Central Asia (Indian written monuments of Central Asia. Issues 1—3. 1985—2004 [Памятники индийской письменности из Центральной Азии. Вып. 1—3. 1985—2004]).
Margarita I. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya was very knowledgeable in the history of manuscript collections and published many articles and a monograph about the contribution made by Russian scholars, diplomats, and explorers to the study of Central Asia and about their efforts to gather materials for Asiatic Museum collections (Great discoveries by Russian scholars in Central Asia. Saint Petersburg, 2011 [Великие открытия русских ученых в Центральной Азии. СПб., 2011]).
Margarita I. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya was an internationally recognized authority on Oriental studies. She was a member of the editorial board of the “Written Monuments of the Orient” [Памятники письменности Востока] series published by “Vostochnaya Literatura” of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and a member of the editorial board of the international series “Corpus inscriptionum Iranicarum”.
Margarita I. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya was always gentle, friendly, and tactful with her colleagues. She gladly provided assistance and guidance to young scholars.
IOM RAS administrative and research staff mourns with deep sorrow the passing of Margarita I. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya.