Richard Pipes

Richard Edgar Pipes (Polish: Ryszard Pipes; July 11, 1923 – May 17, 2018) was an American academic who specialized in Russian and Soviet history. He published several books critical of communist regimes throughout his career.[1][2][3] In 1976, he headed Team B, a team of analysts organized by the Central Intelligence Agency who analyzed the strategic capacities and goals of the Soviet military and political leadership. Pipes was the father of American historian Daniel Pipes.

Richard Pipes
Richard Pipes in October 2004
Born(1923-07-11)July 11, 1923
DiedMay 17, 2018(2018-05-17) (aged 94)
NationalityPolish American
CitizenshipPoland (1923–1943)
United States (1943–2018)
Alma materCornell University
Harvard University
Spouse(s)Irene Eugenia Roth
ChildrenDaniel Pipes, Steven Pipes
AwardsNational Humanities Medal
Scientific career
FieldsModern history
Doctoral advisorMichael Karpovich
Doctoral students
  • Olga A. Andriewsky, Seymour Becker, Valentine Boss, Joseph C. Bradley, Jr., Jane R. Burbank, Jonathan W. Daly, Thomas Fallows, Daniel Field, John V. A. Fine, Nina Tumarkin, Cathy A. Frierson, William C. Fuller, Jr., Anna Geifman, Linda Gerstein, Abbott Gleason, Michael H. Haltzel, Leonid Heretz, James Michael Hittle, Edward L. Keenan, Peter Kenez, Eric Lohr, Steven Marks, Daniel M. Mulholland, Max Okenfuss, Daniel T. Orlovsky, Thomas C. Owen, Walter Pintner, Thomas Riha, William G. Rosenberg, In-Ho L. Ryu, Donald L. Senese, Anna Siljak, Lawrence Silverman, Allen A. Sinel, Scott Baldwin Smith, Michael Stanislawski, Richard Stites, Melissa K. Stockdale, Theodore Taranovski, Robert C. Williams, William F. Woehrlin

Pipes was born to a Jewish family in Cieszyn, Poland, which fled the country as refugees after it was invaded by Nazi Germany. Settling in the United States in 1940, he became a naturalized citizen in 1943 while serving in the United States Army Air Corps. From 1958 to 1996, Pipes worked at Harvard University.