ISSN 1062-3604, Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, 2009, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 188–189. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2009.
Original Russian Text © S.G. Vassetzky, O.G. Stroeva, 2009, published in Ontogenez, 2009, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 237–239.
In August 2008, Vsevolod Yakovlevich Brodsky, the
acknowledged scientist specializing in functional cytol-
ogy and histology and one of the oldest members of the
Kol’tsov Institute of Developmental Biology (Russian
Academy of Sciences), met his 80th birthday.
Vsevolod Brodsky was born in a medical family. His
father was one of the ﬁrst to specialize in pulmonary
surgery. Having both biological and medical education,
he expected his son to follow his way. But the son has
selected biology and became a researcher in general cytol-
ogy. He enrolled in the Biology and Soil Science Faculty
at Moscow State University and specialized in histology.
The scientiﬁc interests of Vsevolod Brodsky were largely
formed by acknowledged scientists G.I. Roskin, B.V.
Kedrovskii, and G.K. Khrushchov. Brodsky cherishes
their memory and contributes to their popularization.
After graduation from Moscow State University in
1951, Brodsky was appointed to the Laboratory of Can-
cer Biotherapy, where he worked for a short period
(until the laboratory was reorganized in the same year)
under the guidance of G.I. Roskin and N.G. Klyueva.
The following three years were hard to him since, being
a Jew, he could not ﬁnd a job in his profession. In summer,
he joined zoological expeditions; and only in 1954, he was
appointed as a junior scientist to the Laboratory of Histol-
ogy at Severtsov Institute of Animal Morphology (USSR
Academy of Sciences) led by G.K. Khrushchov, a noted
scientist and highly cultured person. Vsevolod Brodsky
worked independently to develop the methods of quantita-
tive cytochemistry. He was the ﬁrst to introduce cytospec-
trophotometry and interference microscopy to biological
studies in the Soviet Union. In 1958, Brodsky defended
Vsevolod Yakovlevich Brodsky (to the 80th Birthday)