image of Vyacheslav Ivanov Vyacheslav Ivanov is a philologist and translator, and currently a professor at UCLA. He has held many distinguished positions, including Director of the All-Union Library of Foreign Literature, Moscow; Chairman of the Department of Structural Typology of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR; and Chairman of the Department of the Theory and History of World Culture and Professor of the Philosophical Faculty at Moscow State University. He has also served as Head of the Commission for the Complex Study of Creative Activity, Scientific Council for the World Culture at the Academy of Sciences of the USSR; and as the President of the Artistic Translation Section of the Moscow Division of the USSR Writers' Union. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Lenin Prize. He is also a Honorary Member of the American Linguistics Society and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of numerous scholarly works on Indo-european linguistics, Slavic and general linguistics, and semiotics.