Leonid Tsypkin





Leonid Tsypkin


Born
in Minsk, Belarus
March 20, 1926

Died
March 20, 1982


Tsypkin was born in Minsk, Soviet Union (now the capital of Belarus), to Russian-Jewish parents, both of whom were medical specialists.

At the start of Stalin's Great Terror, in 1934, Tsypkin's father, Boris, an orthopaedic surgeon, was arrested on trumped-up charges, but was later released after a suicide attempt in which he broke his back.
Two of Boris Tsypkin's sisters and a brother were also arrested, and were murdered by Stalin's NKVD.

When the war was over Leonid returned with his parents to Minsk, where Leonid graduated from medical school in 1947; despite Stalin's policies of anti-Semitism, Tsypkin became a noted researcher in polio and cancer, and published more than 100 papers in scientific journals in Russia and abroad. While practi
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