By N. A. Figurovskii, Yu. I. Solov’ev (auth.)
A complete century has handed because the surprising and tragically untimely dying of Aleksandr Porfir'evich Borodin in 1887 on the age of fifty three, while he used to be following with extraordinary good fortune the disparate careers of musician, composer, natural chemist, and pioneer in women's scientific schooling. As a different determine one of the impressive team of geniuses who without warning seemed in Russia in the midst of the final century and explosively propelled that nation into the mainstream of global tradition within the arts, humanities, and sciences, it could actually were anticipated that Borodin was once the item of a lot learn. there is not any doubt that the Russian contribution to the superb improvement of structural chemistry within the final century has tended to be underplayed, whereas that during the remainder of Europe has obtained even more realization. One wonders, particularly, no matter if Borodin's identify will possibly not have seemed within the chemical pantheon, as have these of Mendeleev, Markovnikov, Menshutkin, and lots of different Russians, if the aldol condensation, which he used to be the 1st to find and examine, were named the Borodin condensation. Straightening out the checklist is critical; Figurovskii and Solov'ev's biography does a lot during this admire. simply as meritorious were the scholarly and exhaustive efforts of Professors Charlene Steinberg and George B. Kauffman, who've made the Russian textual content available to the Western global of their actual and engrossing translation.
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This theme was undoubtedly selected by Borodin under the influence of Zinin, whose works, as is well known, were devoted to aromatic compounds of the benzene series. Borodin's investigation of benzidine derivatives helped to a considerable extent in gaining an understanding of the complex problem involved in the mechanism of the benzidine,31 diphenyline,32 and semidine rearrangements. 3 Borodin wrote a detailed account of his scientific work during this period to the Head of the Medical-Surgical Academy, Petr Aleksandrovich Dubovitskii34 .
In a letter to L. N. Shishkov6 Mendeleev wrote: I see that there is nothing of value for me in this laboratory; even the weights are rather bad; but mainly there is no neat, quiet, little corner where one can work with such delicate equipment as capillaries ... The only interesting aspect of this laboratory, alas, is the school itself: a lot of workers, all of them beginners. Thus I decided to construct everything for myself at home7 . Borodin, who on his day of arrival in Heidelberg already visited this laboratory, wrote to his mother: " ...
Petersburg] Gornyi Institut (Mining Institute). - A. [See GSE, 1977. Vol. 14, p. 538. ] 24 Borodin: Letters, I, p. 36. - A. 25 Letter from A. P. Borodin to P. P. Alekseev, May 24, 1861, published here for the first time. - A. 26 M. N. Mladentsev and V. E. Tishchenko: Mendeleev, pp. 166-167. - A. 27 This periodical was published in St. Petersburg from 1836 to 1866. - 1'. 28 The first uncensored Russian periodical, published from 1857 to 1867 by Alexander Herzen (in Russian, Aleksandr Ivanovich Gertsen), journalist and political thinker, who originated the theory of a unique Russian path to socialism, or peasant populism.
Aleksandr Porfir’evich Borodin: A Chemist’s Biography by N. A. Figurovskii, Yu. I. Solov’ev (auth.)