Yuriy Valentinovich Knorozov (alternatively, Knorosov; in Russian: Юрий Валентинович Кнóрозов; November 19, 1922 — March 31, 1999) was a Soviet linguist, epigrapher and ethnographer, who is particularly renowned for the pivotal role his research played in the decipherment of the Maya script, the writing system used by the pre-Columbian Maya civilization of Mesoamerica.

More information on the English [1] and Russian [2] Wikipedia pages.

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