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Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, Vol. 34, No. 5, 2003, pp. 330–331. Translated from Ontogenez, Vol. 34, No. 5, 2003, pp. 394–396.
Original Russian Text Copyright © 2003 by Turpaev, Ugrumov.
The outstanding physiologist-endocrinologist
Mikhail Semenovich (Suleimanovich) Mitskevich was
born on November 8, 1903. He was an acting director
and one of the leaders of the Severtsov Institute of Ani-
mal Morphology, USSR Academy of Sciences (since
1967, Kol’tsov Institute of Developmental Biology,
Russian Academy of Sciences), as well as the founder
and continuous supervisor of the Laboratory of Hor-
monal regulations of this Institute.
Mitskevich was born in Minsk and, soon after the
beginning of World War I, moved together with his
family to Kazan, where he began his life of work at the
age of 13 years. In 1921, he entered the Siberian Agri-
cultural Academy in Omsk and, two years later, contin-
ued his education at the Biology Department of the
Physical-Mathematical Faculty, Moscow State Univer-
Mitskevich began his research still being a student at
the Laboratory of Experimental Biology, Moscow Zoo,
under the guidance of the well known biologist Prof.
M.M. Zavadovsky, who later became the Vice-Presi-
dent of the Lenin All-Union Agricultural Academy.
After graduation from the University, he continued
working under the guidance of Prof. Zavadovsky, at
ﬁrst as a post graduate student and then as an assistant
and senior research worker (1928–1931). During the
next ﬁve years, Mitskevich worked at the Timiryazev
Biological Institute and got his candidate degree. The
further scientiﬁc activity of Mitskevich was connected
with the Institute of Evolutionary Morphology, USSR
Academy of Sciences, where he was elected as a senior
research worker in 1936.
From his youth up, Mitskevich was characterized by
a high social activity and civil liability and he entered
the Youth Communist Union in 1919 and Communist
Part in 1928. This social and political activity could not
help being unnoticed and, because of this, Mitskevich
was transferred, by the decision of the Central Commit-
tee of the Communist Party, to the USSR Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. Being a talented man and remarkable
organizer, Mitskevich carved a brilliant diplomatic
career within a short period of time and became the
head of one of the largest regional department of this
ministry, when it was headed by M.M. Litvinov. The
fate of Mitskevich little differed from that of many
Soviet statesmen during the period of Stalinism: soon
after the beginning of World War II, when the Ministry
became headed by V.M. Molotov, Mitskevich was
Professor Mikhail Semenovich Mitskevich.
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