Scattered around the world, contributing to other countries instead of sacred Armenia, usual and sad story for Armenians…
Another great Armenian scientist in an endless list…
Another great Armenian scientist in an endless list…
If we are lucky and if we behave beautiful Annabel Lee will make more intelligent posts like this one in the future! And if you think her English is perfect than you have definitely not heard her Russian and Armenian!
I will even tell you a secret, I have a strong feeling Annabel made it as simple as possible for us to read and understand because when I read her posts in LJ I really have to use all my brains, and even that doesn’t always help and I am not exactly the most stupid living person I hope!!! lol
But really, she wrote it in a very interesting way, when it is fun to read about such serious things ;-)
So, Annabel Lee for Girls.am
I remember the excitement of the first ATM being put in place in Yerevan some 12-15 years ago. We were joining the age of modern banking. The plastic cards in people’s wallets on TV were no longer something out of the movies, only real in a galaxy far far away.
Now with the abundance of banks and ATMs in Armenia, withdrawing cash out of a machine is no longer equivalent to science fiction for anyone. But I do wonder how many people have ever stopped to think about how it works. And more importantly who was the first person to make it work. I think that the answer to this last question should make us even more proud than the developments in the Armenian banking systems in the last 15 years.
The inventor of the ATM is Luther George Simjian, an American-Armenian inventor, born in Antep in 1905, who immigrated to the US all on his own when he was only 15. Simjian, having been interested in photography since childhood, gave up his intention to study medicine, after the medical school at Yale gave him a job in its photographic laboratory. At 23 he was named director of the photography department at the medical school.
Throughout his life, Simjian invented numerous optical and electro-mechanical devices, such as a color X-ray device, a self-posing portrait camera, the flight simulator, a flight speed indicator for airplanes, an automatic postage metering machine, and a teleprompter. Though, his most important invention was probably the first prototype of the ATM, patented all the way back in 1939 (even though it did not gain popularity back then). At the time of his death in 1997, Luther Simjian had over 200 patents to his name.
And that is what we call Armenian inventive genius.
A special thanks to ZeeGooner from YT for the info ;-)
3 people from Russia were awarded this year and one of them is Armenian, as always ;-)
Igor Agamirzyan, Chief Executive Officer of Russian Venture Company was awarded for support of innovation economy in Russia.
CEO of Russian Venture Company
Born March 21, 1957. Graduated from Leningrad State University in Mathematics and Mechanics in 1979 and worked for Russian Academy of Sciences till 1992. At the same time he lectured in Saint Petersburg State Technical University. Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
Semyon Davidovich Kirlian (Russian: Семён Давидович Кирлиан; February 20, 1898 – April 4, 1978) was a Russian inventor and researcher of Armenian descent, who along with his wife Valentina Khrisanovna Kirlian (Russian: Валентина Хрисановна Кирлиан; died 1972), a teacher and journalist, discovered and developed Kirlian photography.
As deep as you go into photography, you learn new patterns and techniques.
Photography is always interesting field, as it shows different variations.
There are different types of photography. One such type is Kirlian photography.
A technique combined with photography yields Kirlian photography.
* Artashes Arakelian (1909–1993) Economist, Armenian Science Academy Member (1960). Chaired the Regional Planning Division of NKAO, a researcher at Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics. He headed the Economy Institute of Armenian Science Academy and authored numerous researches. He has an international reputation as an economist.
* Margar Arustamov (1854–1904) Epidemiologist, doctor of medicine (1889), a graduate of Saint Petersburg Medical Academy, participant in Russian-Turkish war, he was actively involved in cholera elimination in Astrakhan in late 19th century. An author of numerous researches, he is buried in Shoushi.
* Ruben Avanesov (1902–1990) linguist, corresponding member of USSR Academy of Sciences, was a chairman of the Academic Council of Language History and Dialect Studies of USSR Science Academy. He was the author of «Modern Russian Grammar» as well as of a number of works on Russian dialects. Recipient of the USSR State Award, the Order of the Badge of Honor.
* Baatur Baatrian (1872–1934) Mathematician, a graduate of Geneva University and Ghent University, Baatrian taught mathematics in Echmiadzin Seminary and Yerevan State University and authored a number of researches.
and more, more, more ;-))) Read more »
I want to draw special attention to the fact that here our readers will find information on many Armenian scientists whose contribution to the world is extremely big and important while not very well presented.
Three more scientists. Search for «Armenian scientists» on this website for others ;-)
Alexander Kemurdzhian is the founder of the space transport engineering, a pioneering scientist in the space flight program of the Soviet Union, designer of the first rovers to explore another world, the Soviet Lunokhod rovers.
Kemurdjian was not only responsible for the first Moon rovers, but also created the first Mars rover as well.
He led a team that introduced the virtues of a Mars rover to the world in the Society’s international testing program in the late 1980s. His work has had extraordinary influence on robotic designs in the USA and Europe as well as in Russia. He was «profoundly influential in putting a human face on the concept of Soviet-American cooperation,» writes Friedman. «I was always struck by this man — a Soviet military secret … — who turned out to be a warm, gracious colleague and friend to so many of us.»
His works were the subject of the recent documentary film «Tank on the Moon» by French film maker Jean Afanassieff. The documentary premiered in the United States on the Science Channel on February 12, 2008.
To continue the thread about Armenian sientists started before. Today we will add 4 more of them our nation can be proud of ;-)
A world famous scientist in stellar statistics,kinematics and dynamics. T.A. Agekian is one of the pioneers of Russian and world Stellar Dynamics. Has found two evolutionary sequences of stellar systems: nearly spherical and strongly flattened. Suggested essentially new method to investigate the structure and kinematics of the Milky Way Galaxy. Found a new estimate for the dissipation rate in stellar clusters. T. A. Agekian gave an exhaustive analysis of the photogravitational interaction between stars and gas clouds. The results obtained provide a possible explanation for the phenomenon of the stellar velocity increase with age. A planet (3862, «Agekian») was named in honor of Tateos Agekian.
A new project with a new friend ;-)
I believe I have posted some information only on a couple of people so far.
A new friend of mine will be called «Mr U». Прошу любить и жаловать.;-) I am very grateful to him for doing a great, tirsome and time consuming job of gathering together information which is out there but mostly scattered around and quite often not properly classified. He is putting together achievements of prominent Armenians for all of us! ;-)
We have lots to be proud of…Here you go, first candidate of our new project is:
Armen Alchian, in whose honor the ICLE has been formed, is a pioneer of new institutional economics and one of the founding fathers of the «law and economics» school, and in particular what has come to be known as the property rights approach. One of the greatest price theorists of the second half of the 20th century. Armen Alchian’s contributions to macroeconomics forged important paths that are still crucial to the understanding of monetary theory and monetary policy. Author of pathbreaking works on information and uncertainty, and the theory of the firm. Founder of the «UCLA tradition» in economics, a tradition that continues to this day. Professor Alchian is among the top 20th-century contributors to economic knowledge.