Matvei Petrovich Bronstein

Part of the series Modern Birkhäuser Classics pp 19-32


In Leningrad University (1926-1930)

  • Gennady E. GorelikAffiliated with Email author 
  • , Victor Ya. FrenkelAffiliated withA.E. loffe Physicotechnical Institute

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Leningrad was the USSR’s scientific capital, housing the Academy of Sciences and the main academic institutes until 1934. It was there that Bronstein became a physicist. Even though he was the author of several scientific papers, he still had to get a university diploma. One can imagine that. having been educated at home he was not over-enthusiastic about the prospect of studying according to official programs. No doubt he was aware of the gaps in his knowledge- after all, study is the major element in the theoretician's trade, yet at 19, Bronstein felt older than most of his fellow students. At the same time he could not but profit from being part of the physicists’ community.