Nikolai Alexandrovich Gezekhus (1845-1918) took a degree in physics at St. Petersburg University, where he later taught in the Physics and Mathematics department. He studied molecular physics, electricity, optics and acoustics, meteorology and radioactivity. He arrived in Tomsk in 1888 and was appointed Rector of Tomsk University. As Rector he headed the Academic Board and dealt with various problems in teaching, library stock, study rooms and halls of residence. He held the Rector’s office for only a year and soon returned to St. Petersburg.
The University’s second Rector was Professor Vladimir Velikiy (1851-1917), who held the office between 1889-1893.
Alexander Ivanovich Sudakov (1851-1914) was a university professor in the department of Hygiene. For 12 years he held the Rector’s post: 1892-1894, 1895-1903. Professor Sudakov conducted a study of social and demographic processes in Tomsk and the region, and fought against the epidemic of cholera there. He initiated the opening of the Hygiene Institute and the Law faculty. He was uncompromising and conservative in views. Thus, he expelled 66 students for the participation in the students’ strike in 1899. He resigned from the Rector’s post in 1903.
Alexei Mikhailovich Zaitsev (1856-1921), professor of geology and mineralogy, was among the first professors at Tomsk University. He founded the mineralogy museum, collected over 4,000 minerals in the Tomsk and Enissei provinces and gave the collection to the University as a gift.
Nikolai Kashenko (1855-1935) – professor of zoology and anatomy between 1888 and 1912. He gave courses of zoology and anatomy to medical students, explored the Ob, Altai, Krasnoyarsk and Omsk areas and collected various zoological material that he later gave to the zoology museum.
Nikolai Vershinin (1867-1951) entered the Medical faculty of Tomsk University and graduated with honours in 1894. He was a professor in the pharmacology department. Among other things, he studied the effects of medicines on the human cardiovascular system. During the Great Patriotic War N. Vershinin also worked in hospitals. One of the streets in Tomsk is named after him.
Vladimir Dmitrievich Kuznetsov (1887-1963)- the founder of the Tomsk scientific school of solid body physics. Professor Kuznetsov lectured in theory of electricity, theory of relativity, thermodynamics and conducted research in physics of solid body, radiowaves, defectoscopy. From 1937 to 1960 he was Director of the Siberian Physics and Technical/ Engineering Research Institute, which bears his name.
Lydia Sergievskaya (1897-1970)- professor of botany, studied the flora in Siberia. After P.Krilov’s death she took charge of the Botanical garden. Since 1934 Professor Sergievskaya regularly went on expeditions around Siberia, studied 43 new kinds of plants and gathered rich botanical collections. P. Krilov and L. Sergievskaya were buried in the grounds of the Botanical garden.
Maria Bolshanina (1898-1984) – professor in the department of experimental physics. In 1917 she applied to the faculty of Physics and Mathematics from which she graduated with honours in 1922 and where she taught ever after. She was a brilliant lecturer and a very learned person. Maria Bolshanina founded the Tomsk scientific school of physics of metals and alloys. She wrote over a hundred scientific papers, including 7 monographs.
Exercise 1.a) Read and learn the words.
b) Pay attention to the pronunciation of the following words.
,epi’demic, ‘cholera/k/, ‘province, zo’ology, ,thermody’namics/ai/, ‘botany, ‘monograph/f/, to head /e/, ,demo’graphic, , pharma’cology /f/.
Exercise 3. Complete the following sentences. Give several versions.
Model: TSU is famous for…high academic standards/ its history/ its scientific schools/ its outstanding professors.