ISSN 1062-3604, Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, 2006, Vol. 37, No. 1, p. 61. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2006. Original Russian Text © Editorial Board, 2006, published in Ontogenez, 2006, Vol. 37, No. 1, p. 71. LOSSES OF SCIENCE To the Memory of Vadim G. Galaktionov (November 25, 1938—August 6, 2005) DOI: 10.1134/S1062360406010103 On August 6, 2005, our colleague, the leading of lectures on immunology at the Moscow State Uni- research scientist of the Laboratory of Histogenesis, versity and other institutions. He wrote a textbook on Kol’tsov Institute of Developmental Biology of the immunology, unique book Graﬁcheskie modeli v Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Doctor Biol. immunologii (Graphic Models in Immunology), and Sci. Vadim G. Galaktionov suddenly died. dictionary on immunology. These books are essential for education of new generations of researchers. It is a great loss and its signiﬁcance we still have to understand. Now, within a certain time after his death, Galaktionov made a great contribution to the devel- it becomes clear how dear he was for all those with opment of immunology in Russia. He is the author of whom he lived side by side and with whom the fate more than 200 papers and ﬁve monographs and his joined him. Galaktionov was a true scientist, outstand- work will remain at the foreground for many years. His ing Russian biologist, and man of encyclopedic knowl- opinion on diverse problems was highly valued by sci- edge and vast scientiﬁc interests. entists in different areas of biology. His books are table- top for many specialists and give the true and deep Galaktionov graduated from the Biological faculty impression about one of the most difﬁcult areas of cur- of the Moscow State University as a zoologist. In 1979, rent biology. he defended his Doctor of Science (Biology) degree. In 1981 he became the head of the Laboratory of Genetic It is necessary to note one more aspect of Galak- Control of Immune Response at the Institute of Immu- tionov’s creative activity. He was a talented artist and nology, Ministry of Health of the USSR and in 1985 he left the entire collection of excellent watercolors. headed a laboratory at the Institute of Engineering Galaktionov was a true intellectual, was always Immunology at the Russian Public Company “Bio- ready to come to aid to other people, and understand preparat”. Since 1993 he worked at the Institute of their troubles and doubts. Developmental Biology. His pioneering work in the Galaktionov was a bright man, kindly, cheerful, and ﬁeld of genetic control of immune response is charac- warm-hearted friend for many of us. The memory of the terized by the scale in setting the tasks for investigation, extraordinary Russian scientist Vadim G. Galaktionov high professionalism, and wide scientiﬁc erudition. His will be kept by his disciples, friends and colleagues. interests were centered not only on experimental immu- Colleagues, collaborators, followers nology. He is the author of two excellent monographs on the evolution of immunity. The work of Galaktionov The Editorial Board and Editorial Ofﬁce was widely recognized by the Russian and foreign of the RUSSIAN JOURNAL immunologists. OF DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY, During the years of his work, Galaktionov brought with whom Galaktionov collaborated for many years, up a large series of disciples and followers and spent a offer their sincere condolences to his relatives and lot of time educating young scientists. He read courses close friends and mourn with them
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