Pyotr Kapitsa

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Birthday
8, 1894
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Apr 8, 1984 (89)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
8, 1894
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Apr 8, 1984 (89)

About

Russian physicist who won the 1978 Nobel Prize for Physics for discovering superfluidity. He worked for over a decade with fellow Nobel laureate Ernest Rutherford.

Before Fame

His research at Cambridge University in England led him to discover a way to more efficiently make liquid helium.

Trivia

He went to visit the USSR from Cambridge in 1934, but was not allowed to return, and thus spent the rest of his life in Moscow.

Family Life

He married Anna Alekseevna Krylova, daughter of another noted Russian academic and the couple had two sons, Sergei and Andrei, together.

Associated With

He had a falling out with the head of the Russian secret police and survived because Joseph Stalin picked Pyotr's side in the dispute.