Russia has a very rich history and has a lot of outstanding people most of whom are world famous, and it is almost -impossible to tell about all 0f them. It was our country that gave birth to such people as Alexander Pushkin, Dmitry Mendeleyev, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Yuri Gagarin, Ilya Repin and many others. Today, Russia also has got famous people who work in various fields. They are pop stars, sportsmen and sportswomen, actors and actresses, world famous doctors and physicists, writers and politicians.
I would like to tell you about some of Russian outstanding people of the past and of today.
Mikhail Lomonosov was a Russian polymath, scientist and writer, who made important contributions to literature, education, and science of the country. Lomonosov is considered to be the "f after" of Russian science.
Mikhail Lomonosov was born in 1711 in a small village of Arkhangelsk Region. He always wanted to study and when he was nineteen he joined a caravan travelling to Moscow. He entered the Slavic-Greek-Latin Academy and six years later was sent to Germany to complete his studies in Chemistry and mining.
Lomonosov returned to Russia in 1741 and a year later he was named adjutant to the Russian Academy of Science at the Physics Department. In May 1743, Lomonosov was arrested and held under house arrest for eight months, after supposedly insulted a few people who worked at the Academy. He was released and pardoned in January 1744 after apologizing to all people involved. Later Lomonosov was made a full member of the Academy, and named professor of Chemistry. He established the Academy's first chemistry laboratory. Eager to improve Russian educational system, Lomonosov joined his patron Count Ivan Shuvalov in founding the Moscow State University which is now named after him.
Lomonosov made research in electricity, gravity and the character of colour. He was also the author of several odes and poems and published a lot of scientific works, including the first book on Russian grammar. 300 years passed since Lomonosov's birth and there were a lot of events in his memory all over Russia in 2011.
Professor Leonid Roshal is a world-famous Russian doctor, whose reputation continues to grow as the years pass.
Roshal was born in Livny, a small town in Oryol Region. From the time he was a small boy, he knew that. He would grow up to become a doctor.
After finishing secondary school, he entered a medical institute where he decided to join the pediatric faculty partly because. Of his love for children. After graduating, however, he realised that he wanted to continue his studies and went on to become a pediatric surgeon.
Roshal’s many prestigious titles and awards include Doctor of Medicine, Professor, Director of the Moscow Research Institute of Child Surgery and Traumatology and President of the national Charity Fund set up to help child victims of disasters and catastrophes.
In spite of his very heavy workload as the director of the Moscow Research .Institute, Professor Roshal still devotes much time to his patients both as a medical doctor and a surgeon.
Of all the honours that Roshal has received throughout his career, he insists that the title of Children’s Doctor of the World, given to him in 1996, has pleased him the most.
Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili. He was born in Zestafoni, and is an expert on Japan, an essayist, a translator and a writer of detective fiction. He is best known for his historical mysteries set in Imperial Russia with tsarist-era detectives.
Akunin used to work as an assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of the Foreign Literature magazine but left to pursue a career as a fiction writer.
Under his given name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the 20-volurned Anthology of Japanese Literature and Chairman of the board of a large Pushkin Library. He has also contributed literary criticism and translations from Japanese, American and English literature under his own name.
Under the pseudonym Boris Akunin, he has written lot of works of fiction, mainly novels and stories in the series The Adventures of Erast Fandorin, the Adventures of Sister Pelagia, the Adventures of the Master (following Nicholas Fandorin, Erast's grandson).
With more than a dozen crime novels published, Akunin has been named the champion of Russian crime fiction. His novels have been translated into many languages.
Dima Bilan, born Victor Belan, is a famous Russian pop singer. At the age of two he moved to his grandmother's place in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan Republic. When he was six, his family moved to Kabardino-Balkaria where he went to school with his sister. He took part in school performances, recited poems and sang songs.
Dima graduated from the Gnesins Academy of Music as a classical vocal performer. Bilan made his debut when he took fourth place at the Russian-Latvian festival new wave in 2002.
In 2003, Bilan released his debut album titled Night Hooligan. Bilan represented Russia at the famous Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with N ever let you go, finishing second, and he won the contest in 2008 in Belgrade, with the song Believe. He still has concert and club performances and has several Russian No 1 hits.