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Kirpichev Victor Lvovich (1845-1913)
Victor Lvovich Kirpichev became the first rector of Kiev Polytechnic Institute in 1898.
Among his students were A. Krylov, B. Galerkin, I. Bubnov, S. Timoshenko. He was famous for his textbook "Resistivity of Materials". Victor Kirpichev was an author of the first publications in Russia devoted to the safety at the industrial plants.
Victor Kirpichev was born on September 26, 1945 in Saint-Petersburg. He graduated from Michailov Academy of Artillery in 1870. He worked as a teacher of mechanics in Saint-Petersburg Technological Institute. Victor Kirpichev actively participated in the establishment of Kharkov Polytechnic Institute. He was its first rector in 1885.
Victor Kirpichev created the concept of polytechnic institutes in Russia. According to his ideas, polytechnic institutes had to become the centers of achievements in science, research, technology and teaching, and should help to develop student’s creativity and research ability. He said that the graduate of polytechnic institute should be a good specialist in his area, and a versatile and well-educated person.