Gennady Gorelik (born 1948, Lviv) is a research fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University. A physicist by education and historian by occupation, he published ten books and many articles on popular science and history of science, including in-depth biographies of 20th-century Russian physicists, Matvei Bronstein, Andrei Sakharov, and Lev Landau.

In his biography of Sakharov, he provides the documentary explanation of Sakharov's metamorphosis from a secret father of the Soviet H-bomb to most prominent advocate of human rights in the Soviet Union.[1]

In 1995, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.[2]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Размерность пространства: историко-методологический анализ [Dimensionality of Space: historical and methodological analysis]. Moscow, 1983
  • First Steps of Quantum Gravity and the Planck Values, Studies in the history of general relativity. [Einstein Studies. Vol.3]. Eds. Jean Eisenstaedt, A.J. Kox., Boston, (1992) p. 364-379
  • Matvei Petrovich Bronstein and the Soviet Theoretical Physics in the Thirties (1994) ISBN 3-7643-2752-9
  • The Top Secret life of Lev Landau. Scientific American, 1997, August
  • The Metamorphosis of Andrei Sakharov. Scientific American, 1999, March
  • The World of Andrei Sakharov: A Russian Physicist's Path to Freedom (2005) ISBN 0-19-515620-X [1]
  • Matvei Bronstein and quantum gravity: 70th anniversary of the unsolved problem // Physics-Uspekhi 2005, vol 48, no 10, pp. 1039–1053
  • Советская жизнь Льва Ландау The Soviet Life of Lev Landau. Moscow, 2008
  • The Paternity of the H-Bombs: Soviet-American Perspectives // Physics in Perspective, Vol 11, N 2 / June, 2009, p. 169-197 [2]
  • A Galilean Answer to the Needham Question // Philosophia Scientiæ 2017, 21(1), 93–110 [3]

  • Web exhibit "Andrei SAKHAROV: Soviet Physics, Nuclear Weapons, and Human Rights" at American Institute of Physics [4]


  1. ^ Applebaum, Anne (2005-10-05). "Hero". The New York Review of Books. 52 (16). Retrieved 2009-05-01.
  2. ^ Gennady Gorelik, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

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