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Kapitza, Peter Leonidovich [Pyotr Leonidovich Kapitsa]locked

  • Alexei B. Kojevnikov


Kapitza, Peter Leonidovich [Pyotr Leonidovich Kapitsa] (1894–1984), physicist, was born in Kronstadt (near St Petersburg) on 9 July 1894, the younger son of General Leonid Petrovich Kapitsa, a military engineer, and his wife, Olga Ieronimovna, daughter of General Ieronim Ivanovich Stebnitsky. His mother was a specialist in children's literature and folklore. In 1912 he graduated with honours from the local ...

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Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society