The Peace of God to all that Belong to the light,
We are beginning the last month of 2016, today December it is celebrated the national independence of Ukraine, that occurred in 1991, a nation that
has had since 2012 a coup d'etat and a subsequent civil war that the world hope will end soon.
Let us remember today some famous Ukrainians, for their important contribution to the progress of civilization in many areas:
Starting with Sergei Korolev, the most famous Ukrainian ever, who was the Engineer that put in orbit first time an animal ( the dog Laika), a man(Yuri
Gagarin), as well as the second(German Titov) and also the first woman in space (Valentina Tereshkova).
Sergei Korolev( Zhytomyr 30 December 1906 – 14 January 1966) worked as the lead Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer during the Space
Race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s. He is considered by many as the father of practical astronautics
The contribution of Ukrainians in to science is Huge, but in Chemistry in particular it is awesome, like Selman Abraham Waksman (July 22, 1888 –
August 16, 1973) was awarded with Nobel of chemistry for his discovery of Streptomycin, and several other antibiotics.
Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov ( 7 February 1906 – 4 April 1984) was a prominent aircraft designer, and the first chief of the Antonov - a
world-famous aircraft company in Ukraine.
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev( 23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953) he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His works include such
widely heard works as the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the suite Lieutenant Kijé, the ballet Romeo and Juliet – from which "Dance of the
Knights" is taken – and Peter and the Wolf. he created – excluding juvenilia – seven completed operas, seven symphonies, eight ballets, five
piano concertos, two violin concertos, a cello concerto, a Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra, and nine completed piano sonatas.
Yuriy Valentinovich Knorozov(November 19, 1922 – March 31, 1999) was a linguist, epigrapher and ethnographer, who is particularly renowned for the
pivotal role his research played in the decipherment of the Maya script, the writing system used by the pre-Columbian Maya civilization of
In Mathematics and Statistics it is so large the list of Ukrainians and so important their contribution in Functional Analysis, Topology, Stochastic
Analysis, Abstract algebra.
We can mention just at random one of these eminent minds:
Pavel Samuilovich Urysohn (February 3, 1898 – August 17, 1924) was a mathematician who is best known for is contributions in dimension theory, and
for developing Urysohn's Metrization Theorem and Urysohn's Lemma, both of which are fundamental results in topology. His name is also commemorated in
the terms Urysohn universal space, Fréchet–Urysohn space, Menger–Urysohn dimension and Urysohn integral equation. He and Pavel Alexandrov
formulated the modern definition of compactness in 1923.
Physics is another science in which Ukrainians have made important contributions, one example is:
Nikolai Dmitrievich Pilchikov (2 April 1857, Kharkov, Russian Empire – 19 May 1908, Kharkov, ) was a physicist, inventor, and geologist. He is known
for the discovery of the photovoltaic effect, he is credited to be the discoverer of the X-rays, and ways to control various mechanisms of the radio
provided a basis of radio control.
In Choreography and Dance also Ukrainians have extremely important contributions and we in America have seen that reflected in our own Dance
Vaslav Nijinsky ( 12 March 1889 Kiev – 8 April 1950 London) was a ballet dancer and choreographer born in Ukraine from Polish descent, cited as the
greatest male dancer of the early 20th century. He was celebrated for his virtuosity and for the depth and intensity of his characterizations. He
could dance en pointe, a rare skill among male dancers at the time and was admired for his seemingly gravity-defying leaps.
Are Nijinsky's some of the most important choreographies of the XX century, he is credited to have introduced the canon of the Modern dance:
L'après-midi d'un faune (The Afternoon of a Faun, based on Claude Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune) (1912); Jeux (1913); and Till
Eulenspiegel (1916). These introduced his audiences to the new direction of modern dance. As the title character in L'après-midi d'un faune, in the
final tableau, he mimed masturbation with the scarf of a nymph, causing a scandal; he was defended by such artists as Auguste Rodin, Odilon Redon and
Marcel Proust. Nijinsky's new trends in dance caused a riotous reaction at the Théâtre de Champs-Élysées when they premiered in Paris.
In The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps), with music by Igor Stravinsky) (1913), Nijinsky created choreography that exceeded the limits of
traditional ballet and propriety. The radically angular movements expressed the heart of Stravinsky's radically modern score. Violence broke out in
the audience as The Rite of Spring premiered. The theme of the ballet, based on pagan myths, was a young maiden who sacrificed herself by dancing
until she died.
The thread is opened to discuss the contribution in Sciences and Arts of Ukrainian Thinkers coming from different academic disciplines.
Thanks for your attention,
The Angel of Lightness
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