Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov: A Biographical Sketch

posted 23 May 2012, 11:47 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 May 2012, 11:48 ]
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Andrei Sakharov was born in Moscow on 21 May 1921. His father, Dmitry Sakharov, was a physics teacher and author of a well-known mathematics textbook and many popular science books. His grandfather, Ivan Nikolaevich Sakharov, was the son of a priest from Arzamas and a barrister at the Moscow Regional Court, where he represented defendants in many criminal and political trials. He was a member of the Kadet party in the Second State Duma and co-editor of a collection of articles, Against the Death Penalty. His grandmother, Maria Petrovna Sakharova (maiden name Domukhovskaya), was born into a gentry family on her family estate in Smolensk province... 

Andrei Sakharov’s mother, Ekaterina Alekseevna Sakharova (maiden name Sofiano) was the daughter of a hereditary military officer, Aleksei Semenovich Sofiano, who retired in 1917 with the rank of lieutenant-general, and her great-grandfather was born on the Greek island of Zeya, acquired Russian citizenship and was ennobled during the reign of Catherine the Great. [Read more]