Georgy Flyorov on a 2013 Russian stamp
|Born||Georgy Nikolayevich Flyorov
2 March 1913
Rostov-on-Don, Russian Empire
|Died||19 November 1990 (aged 77)
Moscow, Russian Soviet Socialist Republic
|Fields||Thermal and Nuclear Physics|
|Institutions||Joint Institute for Nuclear Research|
|Alma mater||St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University|
|Known for||Soviet atomic bomb project|
Georgy Nikolayevich Flyorov (Russian: Гео́ргий Никола́евич Флёров; IPA: [gʲɪˈorgʲɪj nʲɪkɐˈlajɪvʲɪtɕ ˈflʲɵrəf], also written as Georgii Nikolayevich Flerov; 2 March 1913 – 19 November 1990) was a prominent Soviet Russian nuclear physicist. In 2012, he was honored as the namesake for flerovium.
He is known for writing to Stalin in April 1942 and pointing out the conspicuous silence within the field of nuclear fission in the United States, Great Britain, and Germany (a real-life example of the curious incident of the dog in the night-time from the Sherlock Holmes story Silver Blaze). Flyorov's urgings to "build the uranium bomb without delay" eventually led to the development of the USSR's own atomic bomb project.
He founded the Flyorov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions in Dubna in 1957, and acted as director there until 1989. Also during this period, he chaired the Scientific Council of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
Honours and awards
- Hero of Socialist Labour (1949)
- Two Orders of Lenin (1949, 1983)
- Order of the October Revolution (1973)
- Order of the Red Banner of Labour, three times (1959, 1963, 1975)
- Order of the Patriotic War, 1st class (1985)
- Lenin Prize (1967)
- Stalin Prize, twice (1946, 1949)
- USSR State Prize (1975)
- Honorary Citizen of Dubna
- An element named after him
- Brown, Mark (6 June 2011). "Two Ultraheavy Elements Added to Periodic Table". Wired. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- Kean, Sam (12 July 2010). The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements. Little, Brown. pp. 86–. ISBN 978-0-316-08908-1.
- Cochran TB et al. (1995) Making the Russian bomb from Stalin to Yeltsin. Natural Resources Defense Council
- Oganesyan Yu.Ts., Tret'yakov Yu.P., M'inov A.S., Demin A.G., A.A. Pleve A.A., Tret'yakova S.P., Plotko V.M., Ivanov M.P., Danilov N.A., Korotkin Yu.S., Flerov G.N. (1974). "Synthesis of neutron-deficient isotopes of fermium, kurchatovium, and element 106". JETP Letters 20 (8): 265. Original Russian version.
- Oganesyan Yu.Ts., Demin A.G., Danilov N.A., Ivanov M.P., Il'inov A.S., Kolesnikov N.N., Markov B.M., Plotko V.M., Tret'yakova S.P., Flerov G.N. (1976). "Synthesis of neutron-deficient isotopes of fermium, kurchatovium, and element 106". JETP Letters 23 (5): 277. Original Russian version.
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- Significant Flerov Dates
- Annotated bibliography of Georgy Flerov from the Alsos Digital Library
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