YEREVAN — Director of Matenadaran (institute of ancient manuscripts) Hrachya Tamrazyan has passed away after a long disease. Tamrazyan was receiving treatment at the St. Grigor Lusavorich medical center, a deputy director of the institute, Armen Mkrtcyan told our correspondent. He was 63.
A graduate of the Yerevan State University’s Armenian Philology Department, Tamrazyan started work at the Matenadaran in 1977, rising from the rank of junior laboratory assistant to junior and senior researcher. From 1988 until 1991, he was the editor-in-chief of the publishing house Sovetakan Grogh (Soviet House). Later, until 1993, he was the director of the publishing house Nayiri. Tamrazyan has been a member of the Writers’ House of Armenia since 1986.
Tamrazyan received a doctoral degree in Philology in 1999. He was the director of Matenadaran starting from 2007. In 2014, he became also a correspondent member of the National Academy of Sciences.
An author of a range of monographs and scientific articles, Tamrazyan focused his research mainly on the medieval age, particularly the literary heritage left behind by Grigor Narekatsi.
Tamrazyan is also an acclaimed poet and translator. His published collections have received a warm welcome among both readers and literary critics.