Анатолий Иванович Китов
Several books, more than one hundred articles, several documentaries, etc. have already been published about the
pioneer of cybernetics and information technology, Anatoly Ivanovich Kitov. However, most of these publications
are of an overview-fragmented nature and a number of dramatic episodes of his biography are touched on in them
very superficially. There are as yet no publications that show the true scale and scope of the work done by this
outstanding scientist. This book is intended to fully present to the general public the activities of one of the brightest
representatives of the first generation of scientists who created Soviet and Russian cybernetics, computer technology
and computer science. In such fullness the materials about A.I. Kitov are collected for the first time. This will help
interested readers to get an idea not only about this outstanding scientist and extraordinary person, but also about the
time in which he lived and worked.
The article anticipates the publication of a unique historical source – the letter to the top Soviet leadership about necessity of creation in the USSR automated control system of socialist economy which was written in 1985 by the outstanding Soviet scientist Anatoly Ivanovich Kitov (1920-2005), the author of the first project in the world to create a network of computers centers (1959). Made in a letter the analysis of the history of automated control systems in the Soviet economy deserves special attention. This document sheds light on many key moments of history project of OGAS and confirms the main conclusions reached by researchers studying the archival material.