by Academician Rem PETROV (*), Dr. Sc. (Biology), Vladimir KOROGODIN, Gennady POLIKARPOV
This nickname was given to N. Timofeev-Resovsky by his colleagues, biologists of the "call-up" of the 1950s-80s. And that was not accidental: their teacher lived up to this epithet both as a scientist and as an individual.
Nikolai Timofeev-Resovsky was born in Moscow, but studied at the 1st high school in Kiev and later again in the capital-at Moscow University. Later still he joined the Institute of Experimental Biology. As he recalled later, among his teachers were the founder of experimental biology in our country, Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, N. Koltsov and the founder of evolutionary and population genetics in this country S. Chetverikov, whose ideas, together with those of V. Vernadsky and V. Sukachev, he propagated all his life.
In 1925, at the invitation of the director of the Berlin Institute of the Brain, O. Vogt, a foreign member of the USSR Academy, and on recommendations of N. Koltsov and N. Semashko, N. Timofeev-Resovsky moved to Berlin-Buch, where he organized a department of genetics and biophysics which he headed for 20 years. At that time he became a participant of the Borovsk seminar on physics and cooperated with leading biologists, physicists and mathematicians of both hemispheres. At the same time he started work on radiation and population genetics, radiobiology and biogeocenology which he continued after \brld \frr II and, after the return to Russia, at the Southern Urals (village of Sungul), in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) and Obninsk (not far from Moscow) and later in Moscow at the Institute of Medico-Biological Problems. Timofeev-Resovsky died on March 28,1981, in Obninsk.
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