Karl Samoilovich Minsker

Karl Samoilovich Minsker Russian Journal of Applied Chemistry, Vol. 76, No. 7, 2003, p. 1185. Translated from Zhurnal Prikladnoi Khimii, Vol. 76, No. 7, 2003, p. 1219. Original Russian Text Copyright 2003 by Berlin, Zaikov, Zakharov, Akhmetkhanov. OBITUARIES (1929 2003) On May 23, 2003, Karl Samoilovich Minsker, an outstanding scientist, prominent specialist in chemis- try of macromolecular compounds, petrochemistry, and technical chemistry, doctor of chemistry, profes- sor, academician of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Bashkortostan, and Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Bashkor- tostan, died in the age of seventy-three. K.S. Minsker graduated from the Lomonosov In- stitute of Fine Chemical Technology in Moscow. He started working at the chemical plant in Dzerzhinsk, Gor’kii oblast, as head of shift. From 1953 till 1967, he worked at Dzerzhinsk Chemical Research Institute (now Kargin Research Institute of Polymer Chemistry and Technology), where made a career from junior researcher to head of laboratory. The initial period of Minsker’s scientific activities is closely associated with Academician G.A. Razuvaev. In 1968, Minsker was invited to Ufa to organize at Bashkir State University a chair of macromolecular compounds. Simultaneous- ly, from 1968 till 1983, he headed laboratory of ionic polymerization at the Institute of Chemistry, Bashkir Among Minsker’s disciples are 54 candidates Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences. In 1978, and 11 doctors of science. He published more than Minsker organized and headed the Problem Research 1100 printed works, including 16 monographs and Laboratory of Degradation and Stabilization of Halo- books, and was holder of 25 foreign patents and more gen-Containing Polymers at Bashkir State University. than 300 inventor’s certificates and RF patents. Under Minsker’s supervision, a quantitative theory Minsker was honored with titles Man of the Year of degradation of chlorine-containing polymers was 1994 1995 (American Biographic Institute) and set up, and quite a number of high-performance addi- International Man of the Year 1995 1996 in science tives to polymers and formulations for materials and and education (International Biographic Centre, Cam- articles, mainly based on polyvinyl chloride, were de- bridge, England). He was awarded a medal For veloped. A fundamental phenomenon of modification Achievements in the XX Century, 1999 2000 (Inter- of Ziegler Natta catalysts with electron-donor com- national Biographic Centre, Cambridge, England), pounds in polymerization of olefins was described for a State Prize of the Republic of Tatarstan in Science the first time, which is presently the main classical and Technology (2001), and Academician Kargin way to control the activity and selectivity of industrial Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and was catalytic systems. An original theory of the mech- more than once a laureate of the All-Union Exhibition anism of stereoregulation in polymerization of olefins Center (VDNKh) and the Russian Exhibition Center. and dienes on Ziegler Natta catalysts was developed. The blessed memory of Karl Samoilovich Minsker Important fundamental aspects of the mechanism of will be forever preserved in the hearts of his numerous cationic polymerization of olefins were revealed. A disciples and colleagues and his people. new section of chemical physics and theoretical tech- nology, concerned with occurrence of fast processes in A. A. Berlin, G. E. Zaikov, V. P. Zakharov, turbulent flows, was developed, which made it possi- R. Akhmetkhanov, and staff members of the Chair ble to create and put in industrial practice a number of resource- and energy-saving highly efficient processes of Macromolecular Compounds, Bashkir State based on small-size tubular turbulent reactors. University 1070-4272/03/7607-1185$25.00 2003 MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Applied Chemistry Springer Journals

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