Alexander Esenin-Volpin

Russian-American mathematician

Alexander Sergeyevich Esenin-Volpin (also written Ésénine-Volpine and Yessenin-Volpin in his French and English publications; Russian: Алекса́ндр Серге́евич Есе́нин-Во́льпин; May 12, 1924  – March 16, 2016) was a Soviet-born American poet and mathematician. He was a known dissident, political prisoner and a leader of the Soviet human rights movement. He spent a total of fourteen years incarcerated and repressed by the Soviet authorities in prisons, psikhushkas and exile. He worked at Boston University.

Alexander Esenin-Volpin
Alexander Sergeyevich Esenin-Volpin

(1924-05-12)May 12, 1924
DiedMarch 16, 2016(2016-03-16) (aged 91)
Boston, U.S.
CitizenshipSoviet Union, United States
Alma materMoscow State University
Scientific career
InstitutionsBoston University

In 1973 he was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto.[1] In 2005, Esenin-Volpin participated in "They Chose Freedom", a four-part television documentary on the history of the Soviet dissident movement.

Volpin died on March 16, 2016, aged 91.[2]


  1. "Humanist Manifesto II". American Humanist Association. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
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