Today marks the 111th anniversary of famous writer and scientist Mir Jalal Pashayev, who contributed a great deal to developing Azerbaijani literature, science and education.
Mir Jalal Pashayev was born on April 26, 1908 in Ardabil (Southern Azerbaijan). He received his degree in education in 1928 in Ganja, two years later studied at Kazan University in Tatarstan. Later on Mir Jalal enrolled in the Institute of Higher Education of Baku. In 1933 he was working as researcher of Azerbaijani literary history at the State University of Azerbaijan.
After writing a book on the Poetry of Fuzûlî, the famous fifteenth century Azeri poet, as his Master’s thesis, in 1947 he completed his doctoral dissertation on Literary Schools in Azerbaijan with special emphasis on the famous satirical journal Molla Nasreddin and its writers. It was in the same year that he became a professor at the State University of Baku and devoted his life to teaching and writing
Pashayev co-authored the three-volume, "History of Azerbaijani Literature" (1957–1960) and wrote more than 50 books. Dried Up in Meetings is one of his most famous works describing how the main character's obsession with bureaucratic procedures makes him totally out of touch with the realities of his family life. His most popular books are:Resurrection Man (1936), Manifest of a Young Man (1938), Where Are We Going? (1957), People of the Same Age (1984).
Pashayev’s honors include: Honorary Art Worker of Azerbaijan (1969) and Laureate of Azerbaijan Komsomol Award (1968).
Mir Jalal Pashayev passed away on September 28, 1978 in Baku.