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Anatoly Alexandrov
2003 Russian stamp commemorating Alexandrov.
2003 Russian stamp commemorating Alexandrov.
Born (1903-02-13)13 February 1903
Tarascha, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (now Ukraine)
Died 3 February 1994(1994-02-03) (aged 90)
Moscow, Russian Federation
Nationality Soviet, Russian
Alma mater Kiev University (1930)
Awards Hero of Socialist Labor (1954, 1960, 1973)
Lenin Prize (1959)
State Stalin Prize (1942, 1949, 1951, 1953)
Kurchatov Medal (1978)
Lomonosov Gold Medal (1978)

Anatoly Petrovich Alexandrov (Russian: Анатолий Петрович Александров, 13 February 1903, Tarascha - 3 February 1994, Moscow) was a Soviet and Russian physicist, director of the Kurchatov Institute, academician (from 1953) and president of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1975–1986). By the end of his life he had become the third most decorated man in the Soviet Union.[citation needed]

Anatoly Alexandrov was born on 13 February 1903 into the family of a prominent judge in the town of Tarascha, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (now located in modern-day Ukraine).

After his graduation in 1930, he was invited by Abram Ioffe to join him in Leningrad.[1]

Alexandrov became prominent during World War II, when he devised in collaboration with Igor Kurchatov a method of demagnetizing ships to protect them from German mines. The method was effective by the end of 1941 and was in active use through the end of the war and afterwards. Both Alexandrov and Kurchatov worked at the Ioffe Institute by that time (their laboratory separated from the Ioffe Institute and moved to Moscow in 1943 for the work on the Soviet atomic bomb project).[2][3][4] Yevgeni Velikov said that Alexandrov was instrumental in developing the Soviet nuclear-powered fleet, both surface vessels and submarines.[citation needed]. Alexandrov is a member of Communist Party since 1962.

Alexandrov led the Soviet effort to develop Chernobyl-type nuclear reactors. He advocated the use of graphite-moderated reactors like the one that exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine in 1986. Western scientists say such reactors do not meet international safety standards.[citation needed]

Described by colleagues as a brilliant scientist and organizer, he was deeply affected by the Chernobyl disaster, the worst nuclear accident in history. It killed at least 32 people and caused widespread radioactive contamination. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated as a result. The accident subsequently prompted the Soviet Government to review and suspend the ambitious nuclear power program.

Alexandrov died of cardiac arrest on 3 February 1994 in Moscow.

Honours and awards


  1. Johnson's Russia List.
  2. Александров А. П. Годы с Курчатовым // Наука и жизнь, 1983, № 2 (Russian)
  3. Коптев Ю. И. Виза безопасности. — СПб.: Изд-во Политехнического Университета, 2008. — 66 стр. (Russian)
  4. Регель В. Р. Размагничивание кораблей в годы Великой Отечественной войны // Природа. 1975, № 4 (Russian)

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Mstislav Keldysh
President of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR
Succeeded by
Gury Marchuk

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