Marking the Centenary of Academician Andrei Sakharov: Panel discussion (in English and Russian) – Friday, 21 May at 19:00 (BST)
Friday 21 May, 19:00 - 20:30
A theoretical physicist and one of the creators of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was also an earnest advocate for ending the Cold War, a dissident and a devout defender of human rights in the Soviet Union. His scrupulous sense of fairness, clear and captivating logic, and unselfish dedication to the cause of peace and justice made many feel that he was the “conscience of the people”. Sakharov died two years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Had he lived longer, who knows – the course of events might have taken a different turn.
WHEN: Friday, 21 May 2021, 19:00 (BST)
LANGUAGE: English and Russian
FEE: Voluntary donation*
Gennady Gorelik, physicist originally from Russia, author, and Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University, USA. His book The World of Andrei Sakharov: A Russian Physicist’s Path to Freedom was published in English in 2005 by Oxford University Press (in Russian: “Андрей Сахаров: наука и свобода”). For more information about his work, please see this website, https://ggorelik.wordpress.com/
Alexander Daniel, human rights activist, Soviet dissident, mathematician, author and historian of the human rights movement in Russia and the USSR. He worked on several samizdat publications, such as the periodical Chronicle of Current Affairs, in the 1970s and 80s. Board member of “Memorial”, an international historical and civil-rights society. Until recently, he was responsible for the programme “History of Dissidents in the USSR”.
David Holloway, Professor of International History at Stanford University, USA. His research focuses on the international history of nuclear weapons, science and technology in the Soviet Union. Author of the book Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956 (Yale University Press, 1994). He did both his undergraduate studies and PhD in Cambridge, UK.
Q&As will follow the panel discussion in both English and Russian.
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