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Biography of Alexander Nove

Alec Nove
Alec Nove

Alexander Nove (1915-1994) was James Bonar Professor of Economics from 1963 to 1982. He was a scholar of Russian and the new Alexander Nove Chair of Russian and East European Studies was named for him in 1996.

Born Alexander Novakovsky in Petrograd (St Petersburg) during the First World War, Nove, son of Russian Jewish parents were exiled from Russia following the 1917 revolution. The family moved to England in 1923, and Nove graduated with a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1936. He served in the army, where his final appointment was Major in Intelligence, and later served on in the Board of Trade, which permitted him to spend two years at the University's Department of Soviet Studies from 1952 to 1954. Nove returned to the LSE as Reader in Russian Social and Economic Studies and in 1963 he accepted the James Bonar Chair and became Director of the University's Institute of Soviet and East European Studies.

He was Britain’s most distinguished Sovietologist at that time, making contributions in the fields of political economy, Russian economic history and the political and social analysis of the Soviet Union. Shortly before his death, Nove delivered the prestigious Averell Harriman Lecture at Columbia University, New York, in 1993. He died while on holiday in Norway in 1994.


Archival Materials

  • College Courant , No 69, September 1982, p31


Alexander Nove
Economist and Historian

Born 24 November 1915, St Petersburg, Russia.
Died 15 May 1994.
GU Degree:
University Link: Professor
Occupation categories: economists; historians
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P41800
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English snippet: James Bonar Professor of Economics and scholar of Russian at the University of Glasgow
Record last updated: 21st Jun 2013

Country Associations

Russian Federation Russian Federation, St Petersburg
Place of Birth

Norway Norway, No Region
Place of Death

Scotland Scotland, Glasgow

University Connections

University Roles

  • Professor

Academic Posts


World Changing Achievements

Alexander Nove is listed on the University of Glasgow World Changing website.