Lenin’s Laureate: Zhores Alferov’s Life in Communist Science (Transformatio…



In 2000, Russian scientist Zhores Alferov shared the Nobel Prize for Physics for his discovery of the heterojunction, a semiconductor device the practical applications of which include LEDs, rapid transistors, and the microchip. The Prize was the culmination of a career in Soviet science that spanned the eras of Stalin, Khrushchev, and Gorbachev — and continues today in the postcommunist Russia of Putin and Medvedev.

In Lenin’s Laureate, historian Paul Josephson tells the story of Alferov’s…



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