Tchernichovsky, Shaul

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Tchernichovsky, Shaul Gender: M
born on 8 August 1875 Jul.Cal. (20 Aug 1875 greg.) at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Michajlovka (Zaporiz'ka Oblast), Ukraine, 47n16, 35e14
Timezone LMT m35e14 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Starkman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 26°50' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 07°48 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 20°54'

Shaul Tchernichovsky


Russian-born Hebrew poet. He is considered one of the great Hebrew poets, identified with nature poetry, and as a poet greatly influenced by the culture of ancient Greece.

From 1899 to 1906 he studied medicine at the University of Heidelberg, finishing his medical studies in Lausanne. From then on, he mingled his activities as a doctor with his activities as a poet. After completing his studies he returned to Ukraine to practice in Kharkov and in Kiev. In the First World War he served as an army doctor in Minsk and in Saint Petersburg.

In 1931 he immigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine and settled there permanently. Besides being a poet, Tchernichovsky was known as an excellent translator. His translation of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey particularly earned recognition. He also translated Sophocles, Horace, Shakespeare, Molière, Pushkin, Goethe, Heine, Byron, Shelley, the Kalevala, the Gilgamesh Cycle, the Icelandic Edda, etc.

Tchernichovsky served as doctor of the Herzliya Hebrew High School in Tel Aviv. In his later years he served as doctor for the Tel Aviv schools. He was active in writers' organizations and a member of the Committee of the Hebrew Language. He was also the editor of the Hebrew terminology manual for medicine and the natural sciences.

He died 14 October 1943.

In 2011, Shaul Tchernichovsky was chosen to be one of four great Israeli poets whose portraits would be on Israeli currency.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Starkman quotes his unfinished autobiography:" I was born on 19 Av 5635 at 10 in the morning..." It is equal to 20 August 1875 NS.


  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession