On 10 February 2020, American translator and poet Julian Henry Lowenfeld was awarded the Pushkin Medal for his great contribution to the study and preservation of Russian cultural heritage. The medal was awarded by Russian presidential decree No. 102 “On Awarding State Prizes of the Russian Federation”.
Born in Washington, USA, Lowenfeld studied Russian literature at Harvard, did postgraduate work at St. Petersburg University, and then obtained his law degree at New York University.
In 2019, Julian presented an international project “Pushkin - to the World,” which included presentation of his book My Talisman, at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London. In 2010 the book earned him the prestigious Russian art and literature prize ‘Petropol’.
In 2013, Lowenfeld was awarded with the Rossotrudnichestvo’s badge “For Friendship and Cooperation” for his outstanding literary translations and dedicated work on popularization of Russian culture.
On 13 June 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree awarding Julian Henry Lowenfeld Russian citizenship. The minister of culture V. Medinsky personally handed the passport to the poet at a ceremony in the State Historical Museum, which took place on 12 July 2019.