YEREVAN (Armenpress)–One of Armenia’s most prominent academics–Dr. Hrant Tamrazian–passed away in Yerevan on February 9 at the age of seventy-five.
Tamrazian was born in the Achajour village of the Ijevan province of Armenia in 1926. He graduated from Yerevan State University in 1948 with degrees in philology–and Armenian language and literature. After receiving his doctorate–Tamrazian began teaching at Yerevan State University and became the chair of Armenian literature department in 1968.
Hrant Tamrazian has published numerous literary works over the past three decades He has conducted extensive research on the lives and works of writers such as Shirvanzadeh–Siamanto–Arsen Derderian–Terenik Demirjian–Yeghishe Charents–Vahan Derian and others. Tamrazian is also the author of the volumes titled "Armenian Criticism"–and has prepared numerous textbooks on Armenian literature and the history of Armenian literature for schools and universities throughout Armenia. In fact–his ninth grade textbook on Armenian literature was in continuous publication from 1957-1986
A selection of his work has also been published in Russian in Moscow. Tamrazian was awarded first prize by the Armenian writers union for his book "Yeridasart Charentsuh".
A special governmental commission has been created–headed by the President of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) Fadei Sargsian–to deal with Tamrazian’s burial.