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Fedor Grigor’evich Uglov

academician , surgeon

Fyodor Grigorievich Uglov was in 1994 listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest practicing surgeon in the world.

Background

Uglov, Fedor was born on October 5, 1904 in Chuguevo, Irkutsk Oblast’.

Education

Irkutsk State Medical University. Saratov State University.

Career

Having matriculated from the Saratov State University in 1929, he later settled in Leningrad, where he saved lives of soldiers wounded during the Winter War. He worked as a surgeon in the besieged Leningrad throughout its epic 900-day siege by the Germans, "performing surgery – often without anaesthetic, electricity or water – as the bombs rained all around". Uglov gained a measure of renown in the 1970s with a series of publications and tracts campaigning against alcoholism (eg, "Suicides").

Uglov did not retire from medical practice until the age of 102.

Achievements

  • He was on the cutting edge of Mikhail Gorbachev's ill-fated prohibition campaign, touring the country with his lectures and winning a Lenin Prize for his activities.

Religion

Religion is bad because it obstructs scientific research.

Views

Marxism–Leninism as the only truth could not, by its very nature, become outdated.