Andrei L'vovich Kursanov (1902–1999)

Andrei L'vovich Kursanov (1902–1999) Russian Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol. 49, No. 1, 2002, pp. 3–7. Translated from Fiziologiya Rastenii, Vol. 49, No. 1, 2002, pp. 7–12. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2002 by Zaprometov. Andrei L’vovich Kursanov (1902–1999) M. N. Zaprometov Timiryazev Institute of Plant Physiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Botanicheskaya ul. 35, Moscow, 127276 Russia; fax: 7 (095) 977-8018; e-mail: Received January 15, 2001 Andrei L’vovich Kursanov was born in Moscow on Under the influence of Oparin, he took interest in bio- November 8, 1902, into a family of a famous botanist chemistry and, in particular, in enzymology. In 1929, and mycologist, Lev Ivanovich Kursanov, a privat-doz- they published a paper “Inaktivierung von Fermenten ent and later professor at Moscow State University. He durch Gerbstoffe” in the journal Biochemische spent his childhood and youth in Moscow and on the Zeitschrift, where they discussed the mechanism of Oka River, where his grandmother lived. The atmo- enzyme inactivation by oligomeric and monomeric sphere of reverence for science reigned in this family. phenolic compounds, the ways of inhibition of this pro- The profound knowledge of German and French that cess, and restoration of enzyme activity. Kursanov gained in his childhood turned out very Russian Journal of Plant Physiology Springer Journals

Andrei L'vovich Kursanov (1902–1999)

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