Igor Kon, a full member of the Russian Academy of Education and an outstanding Russian anthropologist, sociologist, psychologist, and teacher who opened up a series of new directions in each of these areas, including a gender perspective, unexpectedly died on 27 April 2011. He did not show his illness, remaining youthful looking until the end. A shining example of openness to all that was new and to personal freedom, he was modest, unbelievably self-sufficient, and able to explain the advantages of such a life choice. Igor Kon wrote about his life, full of difficulties, and the history of his overcoming
them, in his autobiography 80 let odinochestva (Eighty years of solitude), published in 2008, which became an instant best seller in Russia. It was read not only by members of his generation but also by young people.