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Russian Personalities

People well-known in art, sport, film, fashion

Russian Noble Prize winners

Russian Noble Prize winners

Russian Noble Prize winners


Russia can boast a lot of the Noble Prize laureates in many fields of science. Among them are:
1904 – Physiology and Medicine, Ivan Petrovich Pavlov for his work on the physiology of digestion.
1908 – Physiology and Medicine, Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov for his work on immunity.
1933 – Literature, Ivan Alexeevich Bunin for artistic excellence and the continuation of the tradition of Russian classics in lyrical prose.
1956 – Chemistry, Nikolay Semenov for research in the mechanism of chemical reactions.
1958 – Literature, Boris Leonidovich Pasternak for significant achievement in contemporary lyrical poetry, as well as the continuation of the traditions of the great Russian epic novel. Pasternak refused the Prize.
1958 – Physics, Pavel Alexeevich Cherenkov, Igor Evgenievich Tamm and Ilya Mikhailovich Frank for the discovery and interpretation of the Cherenkov Effect.

Ivan Alexeevich Bunin

Ivan Alexeevich Bunin


1962 – Physics, Lev Davidovich Landau for pioneering the theory of condensed matter, especially liquid helium.
Lev Davidovich Landau

Lev Davidovich Landau


1964 – Physics, Nikolay Gennadievich Basov and Aleksandr Mikhailovich Prokhorov for fundamental work in quantum electronics, which led to the creation of emitters and amplifiers based on the principle of the maser-laser.
1965 – Literature, Mikhail Alexandrovich Sholokhov for the artistic power and integrity of the epic about the Don Cossacks in the life of the Russian.
Mikhail Alexandrovich Sholokhov

Mikhail Alexandrovich Sholokhov


1970 – Literature, Alexander Solzhenitsyn for the ethical force with which he followed the indispensable traditions of Russian literature.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Alexander Solzhenitsyn


1975 – Economics, Leonid Vitalievich Kantorovich for contributions to the theory of optimum allocation of resources.
1975 – Peace Prize, Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov for fearless support of the fundamental principles of peace between people and courageous fight against the abuse of power, and all forms of repression of human dignity.
1978 – Physics, Peter Leonidovich Kapitsa for his basic research and discoveries in the field of low-temperature physics.
Peter Leonidovich Kapitsa

Peter Leonidovich Kapitsa


1987 – Joseph Alexandrovich Brodsky (at that time he was a citizen of the United States) for the multifaceted creativity, marked by the exigencies of thought and deep poetry.
Joseph Alexandrovich Brodsky in exile

Joseph Alexandrovich Brodsky in exile


1990 – Peace Prize, Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev in recognition of his leading role in the peace process which today characterizes important parts of the life of the international community.
2000 – Physics, Zhores Alferov for developments in semiconductor technology, which can be used for ultrafast computers.
Zhores Alferov

Zhores Alferov


2003 – Physics, Alexei Alexeevich Abrikosov and Vitaly Lazarevich Ginzburg for the creation of the theory of superconductivity and the theory of superfluid liquids.
2010 – Physics, Konstantin Sergeevich Novoselov for groundbreaking experiments on the two-dimensional material graphene.
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak


Many well-known personalities were nominated for the Nobel Prize at different times but they never received it. Among them were Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Franklin Roosevelt, Nicholas Roerich and Lev Tolstoy.