By N. A. Figurovskii, Yu. I. Solov’ev (auth.)
A complete century has handed because the surprising and tragically untimely loss of life of Aleksandr Porfir'evich Borodin in 1887 on the age of fifty three, while he used to be following with extra special luck the disparate careers of musician, composer, natural chemist, and pioneer in women's clinical schooling. As a distinct determine one of the striking crew of geniuses who without notice seemed in Russia in the midst of the final century and explosively propelled that state into the mainstream of worldwide tradition within the arts, humanities, and sciences, it may were anticipated that Borodin used to be the article of a lot study. there is not any doubt that the Russian contribution to the fantastic improvement of structural chemistry within the final century has tended to be underplayed, whereas that during the remainder of Europe has bought even more consciousness. One wonders, particularly, no matter if Borodin's identify will possibly not have seemed within the chemical pantheon, as have these of Mendeleev, Markovnikov, Menshutkin, and plenty of different Russians, if the aldol condensation, which he used to be the 1st to find and examine, have been named the Borodin condensation. Straightening out the list is necessary; Figurovskii and Solov'ev's biography does a lot during this admire. simply as meritorious were the scholarly and exhaustive efforts of Professors Charlene Steinberg and George B. Kauffman, who've made the Russian textual content available to the Western global of their exact and engrossing translation.
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Alien to every [kind of] vindictiveness, gentle and good-natured as are the majority of good Russian people, N. N. regarded this indifferently enough and confined himself largely to laughter, a joke, or a well-aimed witty remark. 40 While a student at the Medical-Surgical Academy, Borodin was neither for nor against the public movement which captivated the student body. The student youth of the academy had every opportunity to absorb greedily the creations of the outstanding representatives of the Russian intelligentsia, Belinskii, Dobroliubov, and Chernyshevskii.
See also Henry M. Leicester: N. N. Zinin, An Early Russian Chemist. Journal of Chemical Education. 17: 303-305 (1940); G. V. Bykov: Nikolay Nikolaevich Zinin. In: DSB, 1976, Vol. 14, p. 622, and B 37. - T] Ivan Mikhailovich Sechenov (1829-1905) was a great Russian physiologist. He worked in the field of the physiology of the nervous system. He discovered and described the phenomenon of central inhibition. From 1860 to 1870 he was professor at the Medical-Surgical Academy in the department of physiology.
Zdekauerl, asked the Conference to appoint Dr. Borodin, who distinguished himself "by a particular love for the sciences and who possessed excellent talents," as his assistant. The Conference of the Academy supported this request, and in October of the same year the Military Ministry gave the order for Borodin's affiliation as intern at the Second Military-Land Forces Hospital. The brilliant prospect of becoming in time a professor of medicine was opened to Borodin. However, the work of a medical doctor not only did not attract him but also did not conform to his character.
Aleksandr Porfir’evich Borodin: A Chemist’s Biography by N. A. Figurovskii, Yu. I. Solov’ev (auth.)