Boris Borisovich Yegorov


Boris Borisovich Yegorov Famous memorial

Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Death 12 Sep 1994 (aged 56)
Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Plot 7
Memorial ID 44792003 View Source

Cosmonaut. The first physician to fly in space. Yegorov served as a lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps, before joining the Soviet space program. He was a 1961 graduate of the First Moscow Medical Institute, and in 1976 he earned a doctorate degree in Medical Sciences from Humbolt University in East Berlin. On October 1, 1964 he flew his first and only space mission along with flight commander Vladimir Komarov and civilian engineer Konstantin Feoktistov on the Russian Voskhod 1 spacecraft. During the 24 hour space flight he performed scientific experiments on his fellow crew members, studying the effects of radiation, confinement and zero gravity on the human body, taking blood samples and experimenting with plants and fruit flies. On October 19, 1964 he was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, and a crater on the far side of the moon was named in his honor. From 1964 to 1984 he worked in the Soviet Ministry of Health, where he conducted laboratory research in the fields of biology, physiology and genetic cell engineering, and from 1984 to 1992 he worked as the director of the Scientific Research Institute in Moscow. He died at his Moscow apartment after suffering a fatal heart attack.

Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.

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