Anatol Markovich Zhabotinsky

(1938 January 17 - 2008 September 16)

Education:

1961 Masters degree in biophysics, Physics Institute, Moscow State University, Soviet Union
1965

Ph.D. {Кандидат Наук [Kandidat Nauk] (candidate of science)} in biophysics, Institute of Biological Physics, Moscow State University, Soviet Union

1971 D.Sci. {Доктор Наук [Doktor Nauk] (doctor of science)} in biophysics, Institute of Biological Physics, Puschino, Soviet Union

Professional Experience:

1961 - 1962 Research Associate, Inst. of Experimental and Clinical Oncology, Moscow, Soviet Union
1962 - 1965 Graduate Research Associate, Inst. of Biological Physics, Moscow, Soviet Union
1965 - 1968 Research Associate, Inst. of Biological Physics, Puschino, Soviet Union
1968 - 1973 Senior Research Associate, Inst. of Biological Physics, Puschino, Soviet Union
1980 - 1985 Professor of Biophysics, Moscow Physico Technical Institute, Moscow, Soviet Union
1991 - 1992 Senior Research Associate, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
1992 - 1994 Visiting Professor of Chemistry, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
1994 - 2002 Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2002 - 2004 Professor of Chemistry, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2004 - 2008 Research Professor of Chemistry, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Service:

1973 - 1986 Head of Laboratory of mathematical modeling, Institute of Biological Tests of Chemical Compounds, Kupavna, Moscow, Soviet Union1986
1986 - 1989 Head of Laboratory of chemico biological kinetics, Institute of Drug Technology, Kupavna, Moscow, Soviet Union
1989 - 1991 Head of the Laboratory of Blood Cells Cryobiophysics at the Institute of Blood Transfusion as part of the National Scientic Center of Hematology in Pushchino, Soviet Union

Honors and Awards:

1980 Lenin Prize (together with Boris P. Belousov, Genrikh R. Ivanitsky, Valentin I. Krinsky, Albert N. Zaikin)
1990 Max Planck Research Award
1991 Fellow of Russian Academy of Natural Science

--------------------

In Memoriam by Epstein, I. R. (2008). Anatol Zhabotinsky (1938-2008). Nature, 455(7216):1053

In Memoriam by Vitvitsky, V. M., Kharakoz, D. P., Tverdislov, V. A., Piruzyan, L. A., Ataullakhanov, F. I.,Ivanitsky, G. R., and Fesenko, E. E. (2009). Anatol M. Zhabotinsky. Biophysics, 54(4):549-550

In Memoriam by Shnoll, S. E. (2009). In memoriam A.M. Zhabotinsky. Biophysics, 54(4):551-553

--------------------

Anatol Zhabotinsky on Wikipedia.

--------------------

Photo of Anatol Zhabotinsky and David Frank-Kamenetsky (1966)
Photo of Anatol Zhabotinsky and David Frank-Kamenetsky (1966)
Anatol Zhabotinsky in Rostock (1978)
Anatol Zhabotinsky in Rostock (1977)
Anatol Zhabotinsky at Pont Alexandre, Paris (1988)
Anatol Zhabotinsky at Pont Alexandre, Paris (1988)
Anatol Zhabotinsky and Ulrike Hess (1992)
Anatol Zhabotinsky and Ulrike Hess (1992) 
John Pojman and Anatol Zhabotinsky (1994)
John Pojman and Anatol Zhabotinsky (1994)
Anatol Zhabotinsky at the American Chemical Society (1999)
Anatol Zhabotinsky at the ACS National Meeting (1999) 
Anatol Zhabotinsky at a BBQ (2002)
Anatol Zhabotinsky at a BBQ (2002) 
Photograph of Vavilin and Anatol Zhabotinsky (2002)
Photograph of Vavilin and Anatol Zhabotinsky (2002) 
Anatol Zhabotinsky and Alexey Semjanov (2005)
Anatol Zhabotinsky and Alexey Semjanov (2005) 
Anatol Zhabotinsky (2005)
Anatol Zhabotinsky (2005) 

Anatol Zhabotinsky was born in Moscow, USSR to a Jewish family during the Stalinist purges. He enrolled in Moscow State University 1955 during a short reprieve from religious persecution. He went on to obtain his masters degree in 1961. After hearing about Boris Belousov's discovery of oscillating chemical reactions, he attempted to contact Belousov but for politial reasons, Belousov declines Zhabotinsky's request to meet, although he does respond by mail. Zhabotinsky presented his research at the Conference on Biological and Biochemical Oscillators in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1968, starting the world-wide attention to this reaction. After this conference, he was no longer permitted to leave the USSR. In 1980, Boris P. Belousov, Genrikh R. Ivanitsky, Valentin I. Krinsky, Albert N. Zaikin, and Anatol M. Zhabotinsky, were awarded the Lenin Prize, the highest medal in the USSR for individuals with outstanding accomplishments, for their combined pioneering work on chemical oscillatory reactions. In 1991, Zhabotinsky is invited by Irving Epstein to the United States for a month. Zhabotinsky accepts, and never returns to the former USSR.

During the mid 1990s, Theo Plesser, Georgy T. Guria, and Zhabotinsky work on creating a unified theory of Belousov-Zhabotinsky reactions, but political instability in Moscow cause them to put off work on this project. Zhabotinsky continues to take an active role in the scientific community, attending numerous conferences until his death in 2008 at the age of 70.

In Memoriam
Anatol Markovich Zhabotinsky