Piotr Leonidovich Kapitza

Piotr Leonidovich Kapitza

Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russia
Death 8 Apr 1984 (aged 89)
Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Memorial Site* Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England

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Nuclear physicist who also carried out important research in low-tempearature and high-temperature physics. Seconded to the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge from Russia in 1921, he stayed in England until 1934, when the Russian authorities refures to give him a return exit visa after a holiday there. He continued his scientific work and, as the inscription states, 'he was a whimsical and generous man who never forgot the College'. Dismissed from his posts in 1946, he was reinstated after Stalin's death in 1953. Awarded a Nobel Prize in 1978.

Bio by: David Conway



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  • Added: 17 Apr 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial 21637
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Piotr Leonidovich Kapitza (7 Jul 1894–8 Apr 1984), Find a Grave Memorial no. 21637, citing Trinity College, Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .