Кадровая политика попечителей Казанского учебного округа и динамика возрастного состава профессоров Казанского университета в 1804–1884 годах
Dynamics of the age structure of the professoriate in Kazan, St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Dorpat universities is analysed from their origins through 1884. The study is based on a prosopographical database containing records on the principal events of university professors' lives and careers compiled by the authors. New methods of data retrieval and visualisation based on scripts written in R programming language allow to analyse the temporal dynamics of the age structure in finest details. From the perspective of the temporal dynamics of the age structure, the history of university can be subdivided into periods of gradual concerted aging of a nearly stable population and much shorter periods of rather dramatic rejuvenation. The latter are usually (un)intended by-procucts of active interventions by Educational district Curators or the Ministry of Education in the routine process of hiring and firing the university professors. The analysis reveals a peculiar pattern of the aging / rejuvenation periods in Kazan university that differs significantly from more or less concerted dynamics of the remaining three universities under study. All remarkable rearrangements in the body of professors of Kazan University as well as their effects on the age structure are discussed in detail. A number of factors contributing to the unique character of aging / rejuvenation patterns in Kazan university (shortages of the early period of Kazan university history, constant deficiency of qualified candidates to fill the vacant positions, and active interventions by Educational district Curators) are discussed.