Biography of Alexander 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 moved with his parents to England in 1923 and graduated with a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1936. He served in the army, finishing as a Major in Intelligence, and then in the Board of Trade, which permitted him to spend two years at the University's Department of Soviet Studies from 1952 to 1954. He 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, for long, Britain’s most distinguished Sovietologist, making contributions in political economy, Russian economic history and the political and social analysis of the Soviet Union. Until his death, he retained his dynamism and acumen in analyzing the process or reform, delivering the prestigious Averell Harriman Lecture at Columbia University, New York, in 1993.