Ivan Yakovlevich Naumenko (16.02.1925, Vasilevichi, Rechitsk district, Gomel region – 17.12.2006), writer and literary critic. Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (1980; correspondent member since 1972). Doctor of Philological Sciences (1969), Professor (1971). Honored Scientist of the BSSR (1978). People's Writer of Belarus (1995). Participant of the Great Patriotic War and partisan movement in Belarus.
He studied the works of Y. Kupala, Y. Kolas, a number of other Belarusian writers. State Prize of the BSSR named after Y. Kolas in 1972 for the monograph "Yanka Kupala: Dukhoŭny voblik geroya" (1967) and "Yakub Kolas: Dukhoŭny voblik geroya" (1968), in which, as well as other literary studies, considered the concept of man and the world in Belarusian literature. Romance is imbued with the book "Khloptsy-ravesniki" (1958), "Tapoli yunatstva" (1966, the prize of the Leninist Komsomol of Belarus in 1967). The main theme of the works of art is the Great Patriotic War, as well as the life of the intelligentsia, nature, children's world. These themes are reflected in the novels "Sasna pry daroze" (1962), "Vetser u sosnakh" (1967), "Sorak tretsi" (1973), "Smutak bylykh nachey" (1979), "Asenniya melodyi" (1987) and tales.
Published about 200 scientific papers, incl. 10 monographs, more than 80 published by individual books of works of art.
Prize of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for the cycle of monographs (1997).
Awarded with the Order of the October Revolution (1985), the Red Banner of Labor (1975), the Red Star (1945), World War of the II degree (1975), medals.