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Viktor Vasilievich

(04.05.1929 — 13.01.1987)
Born on May 4, 1929, in Leningrad.

In 1951, graduated from Leningrad State University, the Faculty of Oriental Studies.

From 1951 to 1987, worked at Leningrad State University, the Faculty of Oriental Studies.

In 1957, elected as a member of the USSR Union of Writers.

From 1959 to 1960, took an academic training in China.

From 1975 to 1985, a member of the Bureau of the Oriental Commission of the USSR Geographic Society.

Published more than 100 academic papers.

Dr Viktor V. Petrov was a Sinologist of special merits. From the high school he was in love with China and dedicated his whole life to the study of this country and preparing of new generations of students who were lucky enough to listen to his courses of lectures such as The Introduction into Chinese Philology, The History of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literatury, Dictionaries and Reference Books of China, Chinese Characters, Classical Chinese Poetry and those on works of some writers from the 20th century. Most of all he was interested in Chinese literature but, being a faithful follower of his teacher Acad. V.M. Alekseev, he insisted on the neccessity of getting most comprehensive knowledge of China. He was a true Sinologist. As a scholar he strived for the accurate ascertainment and understanding of facts, on the one hand, and translations of high quality, on the other hand. He was eager to gather the former ones and created the latter ones with great skills…

From a paper by Dr Y.L. KROLL



Alekseev V.M. The Academic Study of the Orient. Papers and Documents [Наука о Востоке. Статьи и документы]. Editorial Board: M.V.Bankovskaya, L.N.Menshikov, V.V.Petrov, N.T.Fedorenko, L.Z.Eidlin. Moscow: Nauka GRVL Publishers 1982. 535 p.

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