Mikhail Pavlovich Kostyuk (b. in the village of Mostyshche, Novogrudok district, Grodno region, 26.03.1940 – 05.02.2019), historian. Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (1996; corresponding member since 1989), Doctor of Historical Sciences (1980), Professor (1987).
Scientific research mainly on the history of Belarus in the twentieth century, incl. the history of the peasantry, workers, intellectuals of the republic. Investigated the production activities of village workers, the organizational and economic development of the collective farm system, the social and political life in the Byelorussian SSR, the evolution of the consciousness of the working people. He studies the history of state and national-cultural construction in the republic, the character of the Soviet system, problems of historiography, source study, etc. He is one of the authors of the works of the "History of the Belarusian SSR" (Vol. 4, 1975). "Victory of the collective farm system in the Byelorussian SSR" (1981). Editor-in-Chief and one of the authors of the second volume "History of the Working Class of the Belorussian SSR" (1985), "Narysy gistoryi Belarusi" in 2 parts (1994–1995), "Gistorya Belarusi" in 6 volumes (V.1-5, Minsk 2000–2007).
Author of over 250 scientific papers, incl. 4 individual and over 10 collective monographs.
Prize of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus named after academician V.A. Koptyug (2003) for the book "Outline of the History of Belarusians in Siberia in the 19th-20th Centuries".
Awarded with the Francisk Skaryna Medal (2010).