Ten fun facts about Trofim Lysenko
Trofim Lysenko was born in 1898 in Karlovka, Ukraine.
He graduated from the Uman School of Horticulture in 1921 and was stationed at the Belaya Tserkov Selection Station in the same year.
Lysenko graduated from the Kiev Agricultural Institute with a degree of doctor of agricultural science in 1925.
In 1927 he worked at an agricultural experiment station in Azerbaijan and embarked on the research that led to is 1928 paper on vernalization.
From 1935 to 1938 Trofim Lysenko was scientific director and then director of the All-Union Selection and Genetics Institute at Odessa.
Lysenko solved problems of over-wintering wheat in Siberia and brought about massive increases in the yield of millet. These noteworthy practical achievements in agriculture won him the respect and affection of the Russian people.
Trofim Lysenko became director of the Institute of Genetics of the Academy of Sciences of Agricultural Sciences under Stalin between 1940 and 1965.
In 1964 his doctrines were discredited and efforts were made towards re-establishing orthodox genetics in the U.S.S.R.
In 1965 Lysenko was removed from his post as director of the Institute of Genetics at the Academy of Sciences and restricted to an experimental farm in Moscow’s Lenin Hills.
He died on November 20, 1976.
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