More than a century ago, the Kharkov City Council, taking into account the opinion of citizens, solicited the Emperor to confer the title of “Honorary citizen of Kharkov”. This tradition existed till 1914. During this period the title was conferred to a number of eminent personalities.
Starting from 1914 this title wasn’t being awarded in Kharkov. However with account for world and national practice, historical traditions, with the aim of rendering honours to citizens who have contributed greatly to the development of our city, to confirmation of its status in the world, and in honour of their social activity, in 1999 the tradition was re-established and the practice of conferring the “Honorary citizen of Kharkov” title was renewed. Over the last 12 years it has been awarded to 61 conspicuous figures of modern times.
According to the decision of the city council, the title “Honorary citizen of Kharkov” is awarded to perpetuate personalities, who have made significant contribution to the development of Kharkov, raising its status in the world and as a token of great respect to their social activity.
In 2011 the list of honorary citizens of Kharkov was complemented with new names. For professional and social activity, the “Honorary citizen of Kharkov” title was conferred to the NUPh rector, professor Valentin Petrovich Chernykh.
The celebration of new honorary citizens of Kharkov took place on August 24 in the Liberty Square.
CHERNYKH VALENTYN PETROVYCH, rector of the National University of Pharmacy, corresponding member of the National Academy of Science, honoured worker of science and technology of Ukraine, honoured inventor of Ukraine, D.Sc. in Medicine, D.Sc. in Chemistry, professor, prominent scientist and educator. For 31 years Valentin Petrovich has been leading the National University of Pharmacy, which, under his direction, has become a unique academic and research complex that fully complies with the highest state and international criteria. Prominent scientist in the field of organic chemistry, whose works are widely known among the scientific society of Ukraine and abroad, Valentin Petrovich is the author of 1156 scientific works, the winner of State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology, one of the founders of the Pharmaceutical Association of Ukraine. With his participation the national school of synthetic chemistry has been created, .more than 60 Doctors of Science have been trained, 16 new drugs have been developed. Valentin Petrovich has made a significant contribution to setting up monuments to Mechnikov and Beketov in Kharkov, on his initiative the orthodox cathedral is being built near the University of Pharmacy. He has been awarded the Order of Badge of Honour, Order of the Red Banner of Labour, Order of Merit of I,II,III classes, Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise of IV and V classes.
Adapted from http://old.city.kharkov.ua/