Birth of Trofim Denisovich Lysenko, Future Director of Soviet Biology under Joseph Stalin Hot

Birth of Trofim Denisovich Lysenko, Future Director of Soviet Biology under Joseph Stalin

Trofim Denisovich Lysenko

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Trofim Denisovich Lysenko is born in the Ukraine. As director of Soviet biology under Joseph Stalin, Lysenko will reject Mendelian genetics and instead promote a form of Lamarkian genetics that comes to be called Lysenkoism.

Lysenko's ideas are more than just biology and genetics, however, and encompass politics as well — something not at all unusual in Stalin's Soviet Union. Eventually all of his work on agriculture and biological research will be regarded as fraudulent at best.

Trofim Lysenko frequently criticized academic scientists, a politically popular activity during the interwar period because scientists were viewed as making empty promises that never helped the common people.

Eventually his academic opponents will be silenced with force. Through Lysenko's direct intervention, hundreds of scientists will be arrested, imprisoned, and even executed — all as part of purifying the study of agriculture and genetics.

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Trofim Lysenko and the Soviet Agriculture

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