Place of birth: Kiev province
He studied at the Odessa 2nd gymnasium (lived at the guest house Gedeh, which has had a beneficial effect on his intellectual development) and the University of Kiev, first at the Faculty of Medicine (after which in 1854 he served briefly as a doctor in the province of Kiev), then at the History and Philology . At the end of his (1860), at the same time teaching (short-term) activities in secondary schools, A. (under the influence of Maksimovic and Ivanisheva professors) devoted himself erudite publishing work in Kiev, and the central archive of the Kiev Archaeological Commission. This work, which lasted almost the whole of his life, was in close contact with its historic scientific and literary activities, which provided him with first (1870) Habilitation at the University of Kiev (after defending the master`s thesis: "The last days of the Cossacks on the right side of the Dnieper"), and then (1878) and ordinary professorship (after defending his doctoral dissertation: "Essay on the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Algirdas to death"). Professor of the University of Kiev Alexander remained until his death (March 8, 1908), only a few years before ceasing lectures. He has published nine volumes of archive southwestern Russia, which contain the acts related to the inner southern Russian life, mostly to the history of the Cossacks, as well as a long line of other sources southern Russian history (separate editions in historical journals). Based on the advantage of his own public materials he wrote a number of scientific studies that differ novelty of factual material, independent of general scientific construction and always inherent desire to understand the basic cultural features of the interior Little Russian historical life ( "On the Origin of gentry births in southwestern Russia" , 1867; "The cities in the south-western region", 1869; "The peasants," 1870; "On the industrial south-western edge of the XVIII century", 1874; "On the union and the state of the Orthodox church from half of the XVII century to the end of the XVIII century ", 1871;" On gaydamachestve ", 1876 and others). A. was given also to a large extent the ethnographic and archaeological works. From ethnographic work it particularly well-known: "The historical songs Little Russian people" (published together with Drahomanov), surpassed its completeness and thoroughness of scientific processing of all that was about them hitherto published, and "Acts of witchcraft", and based on their historical research about it . A. can be called the father of scientific archeology Little Russian. He made many archaeological excursions in different areas of the south of Russia, made a lot of archaeological sites on the basis of their made a number of abstracts (for the archaeological congresses) and research about staying on the southern Russian territory mounds, caves, stone age, rock caves, the works of the Bronze Age, coin hoards, and so on. n. The subject of special scientific, historical and archaeological interest was for A. Kiev with its surroundings. Archaeological and numismatic cabinets Kiev University works in A. erected this kind of first-rate institution. He also composed the archaeological map of Kyiv and Volyn provinces. Archaeological evidence A. sought to make much-important source for playing our oldest historical life. He had the rare ability to ignite and maintain its university students the fire of higher scientific inspiration. His disciples still at the university started a bench and then to write the history of almost all the South and West Russian lands, each separately. At least a dozen of his students have long formed a solid scientific name. Scientific and social impact of A. are not limited to one of his closest disciples. Although he was not one of practical public figures, but in the most scientific of his work, although strictly objective, lively public his interest has always reflected much. A. always been, especially in the middle, blooming time of his life, the focus of the part of the Little Russian intellectuals, whose scientific passion go hand in hand with the national. This last they understood and recognized as a cultural par excellence, consistent with those of Kiev Cyril and Methodius ideas earlier period, under the banner of which he was originally made on scientific and public arena.