Gelfand’s Seminar

Gelfand’s Seminar ISSN 1062-3604, Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, 2008, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 364–364. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2008. Original Russian Text © S.G. Vassetzky, 2008, published in Ontogenez, 2008, Vol. 39, No. 6, p. 451. HISTORY OF SCIENCE I.M. GELFAND’S SEMINAR ON BIOLOGY DOI: 10.1134/S1062360408060076 In the early 1960s, the Gelfand’s Seminar on Biol- ers including V.I. Agol, A.I. Vorob’ev, A.S. Spirin and ogy was widely acknowledged in the scientific commu- the hero of the day G.I. Abelev repeatedly mentioned nity. I was not a participant of the Seminar. Most likely, the Gelfand’s Seminar and its role in their scientific life. it never occurred to me to try, especially considering I asked these and some other Seminar participants to rumors about how difficult it is to enter the Seminar and write about it and nearly all of them agreed. In addition, about rigorous acceptance of newcomers. I learned V.I. Samoilov, a long-term 'monitor' of the Seminar, about this Seminar from its participants, my teacher wrote a report about the Seminar activity. Not all remi- T.A. Dettlaff and A.A. Neifakh (senior). Now it has niscences completely agree and it is hardly possible, become a part of history, history of formation or rather opinions differ. The editorial board elected to publish revival of Russian biology in the post-Lysenko period. these materials with minor purely technical corrections. A history of the past seeping into the present. The contri- This autumn, academician Israel Moiseevich Gel- bution some Seminar participants such as G.I. Abelev, fand, an outstanding scientist of our time, turns 95. He V.I. Agol, J.M. Vasiliev, A.I. Vorob’ev, A.V. Gudkov, has not only made a major contribution to his primary V.P. Skulachev, A.S. Skulachev, A.S. Spirin, etc. to cur- scientific discipline, mathematics, but also played a rent biology is great. I always wanted to learn more great role in the development of Russian biology. The about the Seminar and to disseminate this knowledge editorial board of the Russian Journal of Developmen- among the scientific community. Essentially, it was not tal Biology and all authors of the materials about the only the scientific significance of the Seminar but also Seminar congratulate Israel Moiseevich Gelfand and the solidarity and mutual support of the participants. wish him health and all kinds of success. This is confirmed by them directly, for instance, by S.G. Vassetzky, G.I. Abelev in his book (2006). Unfortunately, little editor-in-chief of the was published about the Gelfand’s Seminar in the sci- Russian Journal of Developmental Biology. entific and popular scientific literature. One can men- e-mail: tion short notes of G.I. Abelev (1995) and an article by L.S. Salyamon (1995) in Khimiya i Zhizn’ (Chemistry and Life) as well as impartial notes on the seminar by REFERENCES L.N. Fontalin (2007) in his review of the Abelev’s book. Abelev, G.I., It Was a Hard and Often Offensive Time, I proposed to publish a collection of reminiscences Khimiya i Zhizn’, 1995, no. 3, pp. 30–32. about the Seminar by the proper participants in the Rus- Abelev, G.I., Ocherki nauchnoi zhizni (Outlines of Scientific sian Journal of Developmental Biology and it was Life), Moscow: Nauchnyi Mir, 2006. enthusiastically supported by the editorial board, the Fontalin, L.N., Scientist and Time. Notes about G.I. Abelev’s more so as it includes the Seminar participants, Book “Outlines of Scientific Life”, Zdravyi Smysl, 2007, L.V. Beloussov, V.B. Ivanov, and Yu.S. Chentsov. This no. 4, pp. 46–51. project was further reinforced after the 80th anniver- Salyamon, L.S., Ruthlessness was Striking, Khimiya i sary of the birth of G.I. Abelev in 2008, when the speak- Zhizn’, 1995, no. 3, pp. 32–35. Russian Journal of Developmental Biology Springer Journals

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