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Aleksandr Vasilevich TOPCHIEV

organic chemist

Aleksandr TOPCHIEV, USSR Organic chemist. Professor 1938; full member since 1949, and V.-President since 1958, USSR Academy of Science. Stalin Prize, 1949; two Order of Lenin; other orders; medals. Member, Communist Party, since 1932.

Background

TOPCHIEV, Aleksandr was born in 1907.

Education

1930 graduated Moscow Chemical Technology Institute.

Career

Since 1950 member, Soviet Committee the Defense of Peace. Chairman, Moscow City Department, AllUnion Society for the Dissemination of Political and Science Knowledge. Board member, Association, for Cooperation with the United Nations in the USSR.

1960 headed Soviet delegation at 6th Pugwash Conference. Main works deal with catalytic processes of nitration, halogenation, polymerization and alkylation of hydrocarbons. 1932-1938 instructor, Moscow Chemical Technology Institute and Moscow Technology Institute of Food Industry.

1938-1940 Professor, Technology Institute of Food Industry. 1940-1943 Professor, and 1943-1947 Director, Moscow Petroleum Institute. 1947-1949 USSR Deputy Minister of Higher Education.

1949-1958 Chief Learned Secretary, Presidium, USSR Academy of Science. 1952-1958 Head,Department of Chemistry and Petroleum Technology and Laboratory of Petroleum and Gas Chemistry, Petroleum Institute, USSR Academy of Science.

Religion

Religion is bad because it stops people thinking in a rational and objective way.

Politics

Member, Communist Party, since 1932.

Views

Marxism–Leninism as the only truth could not, by its very nature, become outdated.

Membership

Member, Communist Party, since 1932.