Igor Kurchatov was a brilliant physicist and is regarded as the father of Soviet nuclear research, nuclear energy, and nuclear weapons. He was in charge of all nuclear research (primarily aimed at developing an atomic bomb as quickly as possible) in the USSR from 1943 until his death. He was buried in Red Square among the greats of the Soviet Union. The Atomic Energy Institute in Moscow which he founded is named after him, as is element 104 - Kurchatovium.

 

Kurchatov  was a brilliant physicist
Kurchatov was a brilliant physicist
and is regarded as the father of Soviet
nuclear research, nuclear energy, and
nuclear weapons.

Kurchatov watching A-bomb explosion
Kurchatov watching the
A-bomb explosion.

Kurchatov with Arstimovitch.
Kurchatov with Arstimovitch

Kurchatov at the Ogra plant
Kurchatov at the Ogra plant
control board on February 6, 1960,
one day before his death.

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