Since religion offers a complete set of answers to the problems of purpose, morality, origins, or science, it discourages exploration of those areas by suppressing curiosity, denies its followers a broader perspective, and prevents social, moral and scientific progress.
Petr ZHUKOVSKY, USSR Botanist. Professor 1923; Doctor of Agriculture Science since 1934; Doctor of Biological Science since 1935; full member and Presidium member, Lenin All-Union Academy, of Agriculture Science, since 1935; Director, AllUnion Institute of Plant-growing, Leningrad, since 1951. Stalin Prize, 1943.
1925-1927 carried out three expeditions to Asia Minor to study local flora. Organized a large herbarium of cultivated plants of the Old and New World. 1954 attended International Congress and 200th anniversary celebrations of Agriculture Academy, in Florence and read a paper on the state of agricultural training in the USSR.
1954 elected Honorary President, 8th International Botanical Congress in France and read a paper on the plant resources of the USSR;s. 1955 corresponding member, German Democratic Republic Academy, of Agriculture Science. 1955 visited Argentina to select seeds of cultivated plants.
Discovered two new varieties of wheat.