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Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich Quotes


Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovichYakov Borisovich Zel'dovich was an eminent Soviet astrophysicist who played a key role in developing the hydrogen bomb for the Soviet Union. Although he was born in Minsk in what in the present day is called Belarus his family moved to Leningrad (now known as St Petersburg) where he remained until being evacuated to Kazan as the German army approached in WWII. After his contribution to the Soviet nuclear project he went on to work in the fields of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology whereby his contribution to twentieth century science is described as immense. He was a straight talker and a problem solver described as a genius by Igor Kurchatov, so here is my list of six of the best Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich quotes.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich
  • Born: 8th March 1914, Minsk, Russian Empire
  • Died: 2nd December 1987, Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Occupation: Astrophysicist and cosmologist
  • Awards: Hero of Socialist Labour (1949, 1954 and 1956) Order of the October Revolution (1962) Order of the Red Banner Dirac Medal (1985)
  • Alma mater: Leningrad State University
  • Best known for: His role in the development of the Soviet Union's nuclear bomb

"Without publicity there is no prosperity"

Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich

"If Landau would have been here he would have stopped you after twenty seconds"

Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich

"Nobody will notice me in the first row"

Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich

"Not just 'thanks'! These are fifty years of my work"

Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich

"As a theoretical physicist, I consider myself a student of Lev Davidovich Landau"

Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich

"What use is it to study abstractly? You should find and solve some problem, that way you'll really learn"

Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich

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