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Oral History Interview — Dr. Aleksandr Akhiezer


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Interview with Dr. Aleksandr Akhiezer
By Yuri Ranyuk
At Akhiezer's flat in Charkiv, Ukraine
November-December 1995

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Aleksandr Akhiezer; November-December 1995

ABSTRACT: In this interview academician Akhiezer discusses his work at the Ukranian (later Kharkiv) Physico-Technical Institute of the Ukranian Academy of Sciences (1934-present); his acquaintance with Lev Landau in 1934; his successful passing of theoretical minimum examinations; scientist Lev Rozenkevitch, Isaak Pomeranchuk, and Fritz Hautermans; his first publications. Also describes teaching at the Ukrainian Physico-Technical institute, the Polytechnical Institute, and the University; the strike at the University; Landau's displacement to Moscow; Petr Kapitza, and Abram Ioffe. Akhiezer discusses his role as head of the Institute's theoretical department; gives summary of pre World War II investigations; witch hunting; F. Lange; World War II work, Laboratory #1 and participation in Soviet atomic project; electron accelerators; work at the Kurchatov Institute, university relations and pupils; Landau again, his illness and year in prison. Finally, Akhiezer's current investigations and life.