Trofim Lysenko - age: 78

Trofim Lysenko

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ABOUT

Remembered for directing the Lenin All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences, he also founded a political and scientific movement known as Lysenkoism that resulted in Soviet government control of agriculture and genetics research.In the early 1960s, several prominent Soviet scientists, including physicists Pyotr Kapitsa and Vitaly Ginzburg, publicly branded Lysenko's politically-motivated agricultural studies as pseudoscience.Disagreeing with scientist Gregor Mendel's theory of genetics, he instead embraced the ideas of Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, a horticulture expert who studied hybridization.

BEFORE FAME

After studying at the Kiev Agricultural Institute, he published an important scientific article on vernalization (the ability of plants to bloom after exposure to cold temperatures).

PERSONAL LIFE

He was born to peasants Oksana and Denis Lysenko in an agricultural region of what is present-day Ukraine.

FUN FACTS

Scientist Trofim Lysenko were born on Thursday, birthstone is Sapphire, the seaon was Fall in the Chinese year of , it is 271 days until Trofim Lysenko next birthday.

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