Born Dec. 9, 1944 In 1967 he graduated from Leningrad State University (specialty Arabist scholar). Married. Wife - Irina L. - PhD, a specialist in international financial relations. Two children - Maria and Boris.
Member of the Presidium of the UNESCO Committee of Russia, member of the International Council of Museums, a consultant at the European Council, President of the International Club of St. Petersburg. Corresponding Member of Academy of Sciences of Russia, corresponding member of the Russia Academy of Arts, Ph.D., professor of St. Petersburg State University.
In 1996. awarded the Order of Orange Nassau (Netherlands), in 1997. - Order of Honor in Russia, in 1998. - Order of the Legion d'Honneur (France) in 1999. - Royal Order of the North Star (Sweden).
In 1965-1966. trained at Cairo University.
From 1967 to 1991. worked at the Leningrad branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, participated in archaeological excavations in the Caucasus, the Middle East and Central Asia.
In 1991. was deputy director of the Hermitage on science.
Since July 1992. - Director of the State Hermitage.
Author of more than 150 scientific works, including books "South Arabia and the early Middle Ages," "Koranic legends".
He participated in archaeological excavations in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Yemen.
In 1997, in honor of father and son - Boris and Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky
- The International Astronomical Union has been awarded one of the detected planets orbiting the name "Piotrowski".
In 1999, Piotrovsky
Komandorska awarded the degree of the Royal Order of Polar Star (Sweden).
In 2000 he was awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order "3a contribution to the Italian Republic (Italy) and the Order of St. Mesrop (Armenian Apostolic Church)
. September 14, 2001 elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of ORT.
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