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Vladimir Kosmich Zworykin (Russian: Влади́мир Козьми́ч Зворы́кин – Vladimir Koz’mich Zvorykin) (July 29 [O.S. July 17] 1888 – July 29, 1982) was a Russian-American inventor, engineer, and pioneer of television technology. Zworykin invented a television transmitting and receiving system employing cathode ray tubes. He played a role in the practical development of television from the early thirties, including charge storage-type tubes, infrared image tubes and the electron microscope.







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Alexander Andreyevich Baranov, called “Lord of Alaska” by Hector Chevigny, not only played an active role in the Russian–American Company, but he was also the first governor of Russian America.


Russian America (Russian: Русская Америка, Russkaya Amerika) was the name of Russian colonial possessions in the Americas from 1733 to 1867 that today is the U.S. state of Alaska and settlements farther south in California. Formal incorporation of the possessions did not take place until a ukase (a proclamation or decree of the tsar) in 1799, which established a monopoly for the Russian-American Company and also granted the Russian Orthodox Church certain rights in the new possessions.


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This is a list of notable Russian Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.


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The river was originally known among the Southern Pomo as Ashokawna (ʼaš:oʼkʰawna), “east water place” or “water to the east”,[9] and as Bidapte, “big river”.

The earliest European name for the river, Slavyanka appears on a Russian-American Company chart dated 1817.

In 1827 it was called the San Ygnacio by the Spanish, and in 1843 Spanish land grant referred to it as Rio Grande.

The river takes its current name from the Russian Ivan Aleksandrovich Kuskov of the Russian-American Company who explored the river in the early 19th century, and established the Fort Ross colony 10 mi (16 km) northwest of its mouth. They called it the Slavyanka River (Славянка), meaning “Slav River”.

The Russians established three ranches near Fort Ross, one of which – the Kostromitinov Ranch – was along the Russian River near the mouth of Willow Creek. The redwoods that lined its banks drew loggers to the river in the late 19th century.

According to the USGS, variant names of the Russian River include Misallaako, Rio Ruso, Shabaikai, and Slavyanka.

According to Russian sources the first grape plantations were built by Russian settlers. I found only one source in English mentioning it.



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Ivan Aleksandrovich Kuskov was the senior assistant to Aleksandr Baranov, the Chief Administrator of the Russian-American Company (RAC). He was born on 1765. He played an important part in history.

He was a native of Totma, Russia, he served in the RAC for 31 years, attaining the rank of Commerce Counselor (12th rank) and being awarded the gold medal “for zealous service” from Emperor Aleksandr I.

Between 1808-1812 he led five exploratory expeditions to California with the intent of founding an agricultural settlement to supply the northern colonies of Russian America (Alaska), resulting in the founding of Fortress Ross (present day Fort Ross).

Kuskov served as Administrator at Fort Ross from 1812 until 1821. In 1819 he was recommended for the Order of St. Vladimir, 4th class, but had not received the award by the time of his death in 1823. After retiring from the RAC he returned to his home town of Totma, in the Vologda province on July 4, 1821, and died in 1823.

His house is preserved to this day in Tot’ma as the “Kuskov House Museum” under the direction of the Tot’ma Regional History Museum which preserves two original portraits, presumed to have been painted in California of Ivan Aleksandrovich and his wife.

source in russian here

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Valentin Turchin


Valentin Fyodorovich Turchin (Russian: Валенти́н Фёдорович Турчи́н, 1931 – 7 April 2010) was a Soviet and American cybernetician and computer scientist. He developed the Refal programming language, the theory of metasystem transitions and the notion of supercompilation. As such he can be seen as a pioneer in Artificial Intelligence and one of the visionaries at the basis of the Global brain idea.

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Peter Turchin


Turchin was born in Obninsk, Russia, in 1957 and in 1963 moved to Moscow. In 1975 he entered the Faculty of Biology of the Moscow State University and studied there until 1977, when his father, the Soviet dissident Valentin Turchin, was exiled from the USSR. He got his B.A. in biology from the New York University (cum laude) in 1980 and Ph.D. in zoology in 1985 from Duke University.

Peter Turchin is a professor at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as well as in the Department of Mathematics and in the Department of Anthropology.



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