ISSN 1022-7954, Russian Journal of Genetics, 2007, Vol. 43, No. 4, p. 465. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2007. Original Russian Text © the Editorial Board, 2007, published in Genetika, 2007, Vol. 43, No. 4, pp. 575–576. OBITUARY Vitalii Vladimirovich Sukhodolets (1937–2007) DOI: 10.1134/S1022795407040187 oratory of Bacterial Genetics. Sukhodolets has been a founder and leader of the leading scientiﬁc school of bacterial genetics in Russia. This school has brought up many excellent scientists, specialists in bacterial genet- ics, who are currently successfully working in research. Many of his former students head molecular genetic studies in GosNIIGenetika and other genetic centers in and beyond Russia. Vitalii V. Sukhodolets has made a great contribution to the Russian and world genetics. His life in science was devoted to fundamental issues of the modern genetics: regulation of gene activity and mechanisms of genetic exchange. To elucidate the nature of recombi- nation, he has developed a unique model system, which has no analogs in the world—long tandem duplications of the Escherichia coli chromosome. He headed theo- retical and experimental studies that shed light on the origin and molecular nature of life and mechanisms of biological evolution. Being an associate professor of the Department of Genetics of the Moscow State University, Sukhodolets actively participated in teaching young researchers. He On January 21, 2007, at the age of 69, after a pro- took part in the reorganization of the educational pro- longed illness passed away a prominent Russian scien- cess in the late 1960s, when genetics as a science tist, one of the founders of GosNII Genetika, doctor of received ofﬁcial support in Russia. biological sciences, professor Vitalii Vladimirovich Vitalii V. Sukhodolets supervised many graduation Sukhodolets. The scientiﬁc community has lost a brilliant studies and 22 candidate of science dissertations. He is researcher whose whole life was committed to science. an author of about 200 scientiﬁc publications and four Vitalii Sukhodolets was born in 1937 in the town of monographs. Gorlovka, Donetsk oblast. In 1959, he graduated from Suckhodolets was a member of Editorial Boars of the Biological Faculty of Moscow State University. In the Russian Journal of Genetics, the Chairman of the 1960 and till the end of his life, Sukhodolets worked at Genetic Section of the Academic Council of GosNII- the State Research Institute of Genetics and Breeding Genetika, and deputy Chairman of the Academic Coun- of Microorganisms (GosNIIGenetika)—ﬁrst at the Sec- cil for Doctoral and Candidate Dissertations. tor of Microbial Genetics of the Radiobiological Department of the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic We have lost a very kind, intelligent, sincere person, who was naturally loyal, honest, and tactful. This pre- Energy, which was transformed into GosNIIGenetika mature loss of a friend, colleague, and mentor is hard to in 1968. Since the founding of the Institute and some time after the organization of the new institute, Vitalii bear. It is almost impossible to conceive that Vitalii V. Sukhodolets was Deputy Director. Vladimirovich, whom we all loved, is no more with us. Since 1968, Vitalii V. Sukhodolets headed the The memory of Vitalii Vladimirovich Sukhodolets Genetic Department of GosNNNGenetika and the Lab- will always stay in our hearts.
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