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Kazantsev Aleksandr Petrovich

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Biography Kazantsev Aleksandr Petrovich
Born on August 20 (September 2, NS), 1906. in Akmolinsk.

He studied at the Real School in Petropavlovsk, and then a technical college in Omsk, in the Tomsk Institute of Technology in the Faculty of Mechanical. As a student keen inventor.

In 1930, due to lack of specialists in the First Five-Year Plan after graduation, was appointed chief engineer Beloretsk Metallurgical Plant. In 1931, while on a business trip in Moscow, showed a model of an electric gun invented S. Ordzhonikidze and M. Tukhachevsky, who saw the prospect of firing intercontinental. Was transferred from the Urals to the plant near Moscow, where it specifically for the laboratory, passed in 1933 Institute of Electrical Engineering in Moscow. Continuing to lead the development of elektroorudy, became head of production of a pilot plant VEI.

In the same period on the proposal of Director of the House of scientists participated in the contest for best screenplay for a science-fiction film. Prepared jointly with the Director of the scenario "Arenida receives the highest prize. The film was not shot, but the script has been published. On the basis Kazantsev wrote his first novel, "Burning Island", which for two years (1939 - 40) is printed in "Pioneers 'truth'

. From the first days of the war is in the army, . makes an important defense invention, . for which he was awarded the military rank of Engineer III with the appointment of commander of the Special Section and the chief engineer of the plant, . soon turned into a research institute,
. He experienced a new technique to combat conditions on the Crimean front in spring 1942. In 1944 received the rank of colonel and reassigned, along with the army is in Budapest and Vienna.

About atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6. 1945) reminds him of the details of the Tunguska catastrophe in the taiga in 1908, and he wrote the story "Explosion", has caused a fierce debate. It organizes an expedition to the scene and participates in it.

With the assistance Fadeeva an opportunity to make two trips to the icebreaker Georgy Sedov "and visit the many polar stations. Writes a series of polar short stories: "Against the Wind" (1950), "Guest from Space" (1958).

In different years, there are his famous works: "Planet of Storms" (1959), "Moonlit Road" (1960), "Steps to come" (1962). Meetings with modern scholars (including Leo Szilard, Niels Bohr and others) entertained scientific imagination Kazantsev. In 1972 - 74 wrote the trilogy "Faety". Novel "Dome of Hope" is an artistic reflection of the scientific ideas of Academician Nesmeyanov.

Interests A. Kazantsev were extraordinarily versatile: having received his musical education in his youth, he was the author's piano concert, ballads, "fisherman". Since 1953 he is a master of sport of chess, was a judge of the All-Union category of chess composition and the international arbitrator.

For 30 years, and currently is a member of the editorial board of "Inventor".


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