The Industrial Research Effort

  • Robert Lewis
Part of the Studies in Soviet History and Society book series (SSHS)


As we have seen, the new regime inherited few R&D organisations geared to the servicing of industry. The initial network of about a dozen industrial research organisations comprised the small number of bodies which existed before the revolution, such as the central laboratory of the War Department and the experimental factory of the War Chemical Committee, two previously private institutes which were nationalised and establishments organised on the basis of work previously done on a more informal footing in higher educational establishments and elsewhere by scientists such as Zhukovskii the aeronautical specialist. These institutes were to come under the control of VSNKh, the commissariat which had been set up after the revolution to run industry.1 It was on the basis of such institutes that the Soviet industrial R&D effort was to grow. While in the West industrial R&D was mainly done in laboratories or departments attached to factories, in the Soviet Union such facilities were to play a minor role and R&D was to be concentrated in independent organisations.


Industrial Research High Educational Establishment Foreign Technology Industrial Research Organisation Soviet Government 
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