Alexei Ivanovich Abrikosov

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Alexei Ivanovich Abrikosov (Russian: Алексе́й Ива́нович Абрико́сов) (January 18, 1875 – April 9, 1955) was a Russian/Soviet pathologist, full member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (since 1939) and Soviet Academy of Medical Sciences (since 1944).

He published a lot of works about pathological morphology of tuberculosis and tumors. One benign neuroectodermal tumor, described by Abrikosov as "myoblastomyoma", was named "Abrikosov's tumor". Also, he was author of fundamental multivolume handbook in special pathology.

He is the father to Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, a theoretical physicist and a co-recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Abrikosov is thought to be one of the prototypes of Professor Persikov, the principal character of the story Fatal Eggs by Mikhail Bulgakov (in Russian, "abrikos" means "apricot", "persik" means "peach").

On the morning of January 23, 1924, Abrikosov was given a task to embalm Lenin's body to keep it intact until the burial. The body is still on permanent display in the Lenin Mausoleum in Moscow.

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