Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Nikolai Nikolaevich Bogoliubov...anecdotal recollection
Dmitry Shirkov has written an interesting anecdotal paper on Nikolai Bogoliubov...a Russian theoretical physicist.
My first impression dates back to the spring of 1947 when N.N. read a special course of lectures on dynamic equations of statistical physics. Recall that Bogoliubov became a professor of Moscow State University in 1943 after returning from Ufa where the Ukrainian Academy was evacuated during the war. In this period he shared his time between the Institute of Mathematics in Kiev and the Department of Physics (Fizfak) in Moscow University. At the end of 1947 N.N. was awarded the Stalin Prize for two treatises on theoretical physics, one of which was monograph Dynamic Equations of Statistical Physics.
Rather short, in an elegant grey suit and a bow tie, portly and in his prime, lively and buoyant, he enthusiastically lectured following in general the above mentioned book that had been published shortly before that. It was obvious that he enjoyed both the subject of the lecture and the contact with students. It was somewhat unusual, beyond the slightly aloof manner of lecturing maintained at the Fizfak at that time, which was impressive in itself and evoked a sort of liking.
Read the rest...
"Remembering Nikolai Nikolaevich Bogoliubov" by D. V. Shirkov
Nikolai Nikolaevich Bogoliubov