George Gamow: World line 1904-1933 (On the ninetieth anniversary of G A Gamov’s birth)
Ioffe Institute, ul. Polytekhnicheskaya 26, St. Petersburg, 194021, Russian Federation
One of his articles written with a co-author Gamov called ’My half-article’. Here his ’half-biography’ is presented. It covers the first very important part of his life, starting from his youth in Odessa, his student years in Petrograd-Leningrad and several of his visits to Germany, Denmark, and England in connection with his scientific work. Special attention is devoted to his first scientific researches (1926-1928) at the Leningrad State University and to his relations with fellow students- M P Bronstein, D D Ivanenko, and L D Landau. His research into α-decay-its genesis and subsequent fate- is analysed. This article is in many respects based on new archive material.