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Kapitsa Memorial Evening

Kapitsa Memorial Evening

Friday 24 May 2013

Isabella Warren Kapitsa interview

SPRI was host to a Memorial Evening on 24 May 2013 at which many friends and colleagues gathered to remember the lives of Sergei and Andrei Kapitsa. Sergei (1928-2012) and Andrei (1931-1911) were the sons of the Nobel laureate physicist Pyotr Kapitsa (1894-1984) and were themselves highly distinguished scientists with a strong connection to Cambridge, both having been born in the city. Andrei Kapitsa had a long-term connection to SPRI, dating back to the 1960s and reactivated in the 1990s when he began a collaboration with Gareth Rees into the use of satellite remote sensing methods to investigate environmental change in arctic regions. That collaboration between SPRI and the Geography Faculty of Moscow State University continues and develops to this day, with strong links between the two organisations originating in Andrei's involvement with SPRI.

Both Sergei and Andrei Kapitsa were active in strengthening the Russian community in Cambridge, and it was a pleasure to see so many people at the Memorial Evening. The event was organised by Tanya Yurasova, Ksenia Afonina and Isabella Warren. Talks were given by family, friends and colleagues of the Kapitsa brothers.

Text by Dr W Gareth Rees, Polar Landscape and Remote Sensing Group, SPRI

Photos by kind permission.

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