Petr Ustinovich Brovka (Petrus Brovka; 25.06.1905, v. Putilkovichi, Ushachi district, Vitebsk region – 24.03.1980), poet and social activist. Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (1966; corresponding member since 1953). People's poet of the BSSR (1962). Hero of Socialist Labor (1972). Honored Scientist of the BSSR (1975). Member of the Great Patriotic War. Freeman of Minsk (since 1980).
It has been printed since 1926. The first collections are “Gady yak shtorm” (1930), “Tsekhavyya budni” (1931). The summit of creativity was the book of poetry, “Pakhne chabor” (1959), “A dni iduts” (1961), “Mizh chyrvonykh rabin” (1969), “Kali laska” (1972), “I dnom i nochchu...” (1974) and others. Poetry is imbued with motives of glorifying the revolution, the new reality, the labor and military feat of the Soviet people, their patriotism, friendship, and the struggle for peace. Publicism, scale, national artistic thinking, realistic world perception are inherent in it. The author of the libretto of Belarusian operas, articles on literature and art. Translated individual works of T. Shevchenko, V. Mayakovsky, P. Tychyna, A. Tvardovsky, D. Byron and others into the Belarusian language. One of the initiators of the creation of the Belarusian Soviet Encyclopedia.
Lenin Prize in 1962. State Prizes of the USSR in 1947 and 1951. State Prize of the BSSR named after Y. Kupala in 1970. State Prize of the BSSR in 1976 for participation in the publication of the 12-volume Belarusian Soviet Encyclopedia.
Awarded with the Order of Lenin (1949, 1955, 1972), the October Revolution (1971), Friendship of Peoples (1975), the Red Star (1943), the Badge of Honor (1939), Cyril and Methodius (1973, Bulgaria), and medals.