Photo.jpg (147343 bytes)MIKAEL  KOTANIAN

September 1, 1927- October 27, 1999
Full Member of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia
Deputy to the Parliament of the Republic of Armenia


     Mikael 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 Armenia.
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. too.
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 are:

  1. to encourage the best developments in economics
  2. to aid or reward distinguished teachers and students at Irind village school
  3. aid students of higher educational establishments in the field of Economics (future economists)
  4. 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
  5. other applicable charitable activities.
Pay-account of the Fund /Currency Account/ N1810001007583315
/ADM-dram / N1810052007513315