Yuri Rerikh was an outstanding Russian researcher in Oriental studies, linguistics, art, and ethnography, as well as traveller, and an expert in Tibetan language and culture. He studied Tibetan dialects and compiled a multi-volume Tibetan language dictionary. He was a professor and Doctor of Philology, and headed the Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute, and the Indian Philosophy and History of Religion Sector at the Oriental Studies Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
- Yuri Rerikh was born on 16 August 1902 in Okulovka, Novgorod Province.
- In 1914-1917, he studied at the Karl Mai School in St Petersburg.
- In 1919-1920, he attended the Indo-Iranian department of London University’s School of Oriental Studies for two years. After that he enrolled in Harvard in the United States, and graduated in 1922 with a bachelor’s degree in Indian philology.
- In 1922-1923, Yuri Rerikh worked at the Paris University’s department for Central Asian, Indian, Mongolian, and Tibetan studies, while also attending the military, law and economics departments. He graduated with a degree in Indian philology.
- In 1930-1942, Yuri Rerikh was Director of the Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute in Naggar, India, and also Editor-in-Chief of the Urusvati magazine.
- In 1931-1932, he studied Western Tibet, and in 1934-1935 accompanied Nikolai Rerikh’s expedition to Japan, Manchuria, Inner Mongolia and China.
- When the war broke out in 1941, he sent a telegram to the Soviet Ambassador in London asking to join the Red Army as a volunteer.
- In 1949, Yuri Rerikh headed the Indo-Tibetan seminar and a course in Chinese and Tibetan languages in Kalimpong (Eastern Himalayas). He was a member of the Royal Asiatic Society in London and the Asiatic Society in Bengal.
- In 1957-1960, he worked as senior research fellow at the Indian Philosophy and History of Religion Sector at the Oriental Studies Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
- Yuri Rerikh passed away on 21 May 1960 in Moscow and was buried at the Novodevichye Cemetery.