Alexander Potebnja
(1835-1891)

Died aged 56

Alexander Potebnja (Russian Александр Афанасьевич Потебня; Ukrainian Олександр Опанасович Потебня) was a Ukrainian-born Russian philosopher and linguist, who was a professor of linguistics at the University of Kharkov at the time of the Russian Empire. He is well known as a specialist in the evolution of Russian phonetics. He also translated part of Homer's Odyssey into Ukrainian. He constructed a theory of language and consciousness that later influenced the thinking of his countryman the Psychologist Lev Vygotsky. His main work was "Language and Thought" (mysl' i jazyk) (1862). he was a corresponding member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, the foremost academic institution in the Russian Empire.

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Commemorated on 1 plaque

На цій вулиці в будинку №4 з 1870 по 1891 рік жив і працював видатний вчений-мовознавець Олександр Опанасович Потебня (1835-1891 рр.)

English translation: The famous scientist-linguist Alexander Apanasovich Potebnya (1835-1891 gg.) lived and worked on this street in building №4 from 1870 to 1891.

4 Potebnya, Kharkiv, Ukraine where they worked (1870-1891) and lived (1870-1891)