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Fusion research: principles, experiments and technology by Thomas James Dolan

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I. qxd 02/07/04 10:49 AM Socialist, or Big, Science Page 31 31 he later played a key role in the organization of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (with its own KEPS and research institutes) in Kiev, the capital of the newly proclaimed independent nation. The vulnerable Ukrainian Academy managed to survive all changes of political and military power in Kiev, from the German-backed regime through local nationalists and the Soviet Red Army and White occupations to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic. All except the White Russians, who were the most hostile to Ukrainian independence, granted the Academy some kind of political patronage.

The vulnerable Ukrainian Academy managed to survive all changes of political and military power in Kiev, from the German-backed regime through local nationalists and the Soviet Red Army and White occupations to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic. All except the White Russians, who were the most hostile to Ukrainian independence, granted the Academy some kind of political patronage. During the White occupation in 1919, Vernadsky traveled south to meet with generals and plead on the Academy’s behalf. As a result of contracting typhus and changed military fortunes, he got stuck in the White Crimea.

With such an understanding of Russian national interests and of his own duty, Ipatieff did not hesitate to start an immediate active collaboration with the new regime in his professional role as a military scientist. The Bolsheviks for their part entrusted the monarchist with high-level posts within the Soviet government. In May 1920 Ipatieff was appointed to direct the former Central Scientific-Technical Laboratory of the War Ministry, soon to be renamed the State Scientific-Technical Institute (GONTI).

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