|Lensen was born in Berlin in 1923 and moved to the United States with his parents in 1939. After World War II, he came to Japan as a commissioned officer of the American occupation forces. After his return home, he earned a degree from the Department of China and Japan Studies at Columbia University.
Lensen became a professor at the Florida State University in 1960 and taught Russian/Soviet Union Far Eastern policy with a special emphasis on the history of the country’s relationship with Japan. He was at Hokkaido University as a Fulbright Research Scholar between 1953 and 1954, and conducted research on Russian culture in Hokkaido, mainly at Hakodate City Library.
The Lensen collection includes not only literature on foreign policy in the Russian Far East and on the history of Russia-Japan relations, but also many publications on politics, society, economy and culture in the Far East.
George Alexander Lensen
1923 – 1979