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Assen Hrsitoforov was born on that day back in 1910

Assen Hrsitoforov was born on that day back in 1910

12/16/2009 4:29:57 PM

The eminint writer and translator, Asen Hristoforov (1910 - 1970) was born on that day.

He was an economist and writer, born on December 16, 1910 in Plovdiv. He studied Economics in London, where he graduated in 1934. He was among the founders of the Statistics Institute. He was professor of Economics (1945-47). He wrote interesting memoirs from his studies in London (“Sketches from London”). After 1948 he also wrote a number of fiction books. He died in 1970.


Asen G. Hristoforov was born in 1910 in Plovdiv, in an old house on the Sahat Tepe hill (i.e. the Clock Tower Hill). He studied at the Robert College in Constantinople and later became the first Bulgarian to graduate from the London Institute of Economy. He refused to pursue an academic carier in London, and came back home to found the Institute of Econometric and Statistics at the Sofia University and at the age of 35 he was a Professor of Financial and Administrative Sciences.

A brillian economist, Asen Hristoforov was also a writer and one of the best literary translators from English into Bulgarian. Bwing allowed by the communist authorities to work on his translations for living, he was the very first to translate James Joyce's "Dubliners" without even having dictionaries or reference books at hand. His translation of Jerome K. Jerome's works is considered the work of genius.

More info: see our Figures of Plovdiv section

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