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.
On August 6, 2005, our colleague, the leading
research scientist of the Laboratory of Histogenesis,
Kol’tsov Institute of Developmental Biology of the
Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Doctor Biol.
Sci. Vadim G. Galaktionov suddenly died.
It is a great loss and its signiﬁcance we still have to
understand. Now, within a certain time after his death,
it becomes clear how dear he was for all those with
whom he lived side by side and with whom the fate
joined him. Galaktionov was a true scientist, outstand-
ing Russian biologist, and man of encyclopedic knowl-
edge and vast scientiﬁc interests.
Galaktionov graduated from the Biological faculty
of the Moscow State University as a zoologist. In 1979,
he defended his Doctor of Science (Biology) degree. In
1981 he became the head of the Laboratory of Genetic
Control of Immune Response at the Institute of Immu-
nology, Ministry of Health of the USSR and in 1985 he
headed a laboratory at the Institute of Engineering
Immunology at the Russian Public Company “Bio-
preparat”. Since 1993 he worked at the Institute of
Developmental Biology. His pioneering work in the
ﬁeld of genetic control of immune response is charac-
terized by the scale in setting the tasks for investigation,
high professionalism, and wide scientiﬁc erudition. His
interests were centered not only on experimental immu-
nology. He is the author of two excellent monographs
on the evolution of immunity. The work of Galaktionov
was widely recognized by the Russian and foreign
During the years of his work, Galaktionov brought
up a large series of disciples and followers and spent a
lot of time educating young scientists. He read courses
of lectures on immunology at the Moscow State Uni-
versity and other institutions. He wrote a textbook on
immunology, unique book
Graﬁcheskie modeli v
(Graphic Models in Immunology), and
dictionary on immunology. These books are essential
for education of new generations of researchers.
Galaktionov made a great contribution to the devel-
opment of immunology in Russia. He is the author of
more than 200 papers and ﬁve monographs and his
work will remain at the foreground for many years. His
opinion on diverse problems was highly valued by sci-
entists in different areas of biology. His books are table-
top for many specialists and give the true and deep
impression about one of the most difﬁcult areas of cur-
It is necessary to note one more aspect of Galak-
tionov’s creative activity. He was a talented artist and
left the entire collection of excellent watercolors.
Galaktionov was a true intellectual, was always
ready to come to aid to other people, and understand
their troubles and doubts.
Galaktionov was a bright man, kindly, cheerful, and
warm-hearted friend for many of us. The memory of the
extraordinary Russian scientist Vadim G. Galaktionov
will be kept by his disciples, friends and colleagues.
Colleagues, collaborators, followers
The Editorial Board and Editorial Ofﬁce
of the RUSSIAN JOURNAL
OF DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY,
with whom Galaktionov collaborated for many years,
offer their sincere condolences to his relatives and
close friends and mourn with them
To the Memory of Vadim G. Galaktionov
(November 25, 1938—August 6, 2005)