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Petro Jacyk was born 7 July 1921 in Verkhnie Syniovydne, Ukraine. After emigrating to Canada in 1949, he established a successful building and land development firm. He generously supported Ukrainian Encyclopedia project, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. The Jacyk Fund at Harvard includes two permanent programs: the Jacyk Bibliographer and the Distinguished Fellowship in Ukrainian Studies. He financed the Jacyk Collection of Ukrainian Serials, the Central and East European Resource Centre, the Endowment for Ukrainian Periodicals, and other projects at the University of Toronto Library. In 1989, the Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research was established at the University of Alberta based on Jacyk's one-million-dollar donation. The Centre's projects include the English-language publication of Mykhailo Hrushevsky's History of Ukraine-Rus', two publications series in Ukraine and in the West, and archival projects. Through the Petro Jacyk Educational Foundation he has supported many other initiatives, including the endowment of the Jacyk Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University in New York (1994) and the Jacyk Lectureship in Ukrainian Studies at the University of London (1991). In 1995, he was awarded honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Alberta. President Leonid Kuchma of Ukraine honoured Petro Jacyk with the Presidential Prize of Ukraine for his patronage of Ukrainian culture, education, and scholarship in 1996, and with Ukraine's highest distinction, the Order of Iaroslav Mudry in 2000. In 1996, Petro Jacyk was elected member of the Harriman Institute National Advisory Committee at Columbia University which formulates an overall strategic plan for this important educational and scholarly institution.

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