September 1, 1927- October 27, 1999
Full Member of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia
Deputy to the Parliament of the Republic of Armenia
Khachiki Kotanian was born on September 1, 1927, in Irind village (Talin region)
of the Armenian SSR. His parents miraculously survived the Genocide of
1915-1923. Escaping from their native village of Semal, province of Sasoon of
Western Armenia (territory in contemporary Turkey), they settled in Talin,
conducting ordinary lifestyle of country: household and agriculture.
In 1942, upon completion of elementary (seven-year school) education in his
native village, Mikael
Kotanian was transferred to the secondary
school in the neighboring village Nerkin Sasnashen, from which he graduated in
1945. He immediately went on to continue his education at Yerevan State
University, Department of Economic Sciences, graduating in 1950.
His first professional position was that of a financial specialist at the
Arm-Energo. Within a year, in 1951 he entered the post-graduate program at
Yerevan State University and soon was sent to Moscow for a scholarly project in
the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. In 1956 he wrote his thesis, earning the
degree of a doctoral candidate, and in 1972 earned his Doctoral degree (Ph.D.)
in Economic Sciences.
In 1954-1958 M. Kotanian worked at Three-year Party School attached to the
Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia; in 1958-1960 – as a
lecturer at the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia. In 1960-64,
he was the editor in chief of the monthly journal “The National Economy of
Armenia”. From 1964 to 1983 he worked at the Institute of Economics of the
Academy of Sciences of Armenia first as a scholar in charge, then moving ahead
as a Head of Department, deputy director of scientific/scholarly affairs.
In 1977, he was elected a corresponding member, and in 1986 a full Member of the
Academy of Sciences of Armenia.
In 1983-1987, Mikael Kotanian managed the economic section of the Central
Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia. Between 1987 and 1999, he headed
the Institute of Economics of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia.
For a quarter of a century academician M. Kotanian had been teaching at higher
educational establishments of Armenia. He has been the Chairman of the Academic
Council of the Institute of Economics of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia; a
member of the Scientific Councils conferring degrees in Economic sciences at
Yerevan State University and the Yerevan State Institute of the National
Economy, and also the chairman of the thematic financing of the humanities and
social sciences of the Ministry of Sciences and Education of the Republic of
In 1985-1989, he was a deputy of the ninth convocation of the Supreme Soviet of
the Armenian SSR and the Chairman of its Planning-Budgetary Committee.
Mikael Kotanian is one of the founders of People’s Party of post-Soviet
Armenia. In May 1999, he was elected as a delegate to the National Assembly of
Armenia, holding memberships on the Committee of Finance and Crediting,
Budgetary, and of Economic Problems.
The biography of Academician Mikael Kotanian is very rich. He is the author of
more than 100 scholarly works. For decades, with inexhaustible energy and much
fruitfulness he was concerned with the development and contemporary
interpretation of many fundamental problems of the economic theory. He has done
great services to the elaboration and definition of the main directions of the
social and economic developments of the Republic. His research results are
highly useful for implementation en route of the economic development in the
transitional period and gradual recovery from the current deep economic crisis.
Mikael Kotanian was not only an outstanding scholar, but also a talented,
inspired administrator. He has put much effort and energy into the training of
the personnel of scholar/economists, hence the numerous accomplished scientists,
acknowledged state and public figures among his students. there are many
well-known scientists, states and public figures.
Mikael Kotanian was a true intellectual – wise, kind, extremely balanced and
very fair, but foremost – a man of principle. His was an honest, loyal and
lifelong service to his people and country. Today, in those hard times of ours,
our people and country would greatly benefit from his vast experience,
knowledge, and devotion. “Would”, if not for the sinister act of violence in
the Parliament of the Republic on October 27th, 1999 that cut the
life of this extraordinary Man, Citizen, Scholar.
The Government of Armenia paid high tribute to the services of Academician
Mikael Kotanian rendered to his country. He was decorated with awards and
medals, and a diploma for distinction. Posthumously, he was given the Movses
Khorenatzi award. The Institute of Economics of the National Academy of Sciences
of Armenia, a secondary school in Irind, and a street in the town Talin were
named after Mikayel Kotanian. The Internet Center at the P. Terlemezian Arts
College also bears Mikael Kotanian’s name in his memory and honor. Student
grants in his name are established at the Economic Institute of Yerevan.
A “Mikael Kotanian” charitable fund is also founded. Its purpose and charge
- to encourage the best
developments in economics
- to aid or reward
distinguished teachers and students at Irind village school
- aid students of
higher educational establishments in the field of Economics (future
- render material
support to the Institute of Economics of the National Academy of Sciences of
Armenia, and the Internet Center At Panos Terlemezian Arts College
- other applicable
Pay-account of the Fund /Currency Account/ N1810001007583315
/ADM-dram / N1810052007513315