Sakharov, Andrei

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Sakharov, Andrei Gender: M
Андрей Дмитриевич Сахаров
born on 21 May 1921 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Moscow, Russian Federation, 55n45, 37e35
Timezone h5e (is double war time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Treindl
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 29°23' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 19°23 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 16°45'

Andrei Sakharov
photo: Vladimir Fedorenko / Владимир Федоренко, license cc-by-sa-3.0


Soviet nuclear physicist, dissident and human rights activist.

Sakharov entered Moscow State University in 1938. Following evacuation in 1941 during the Great Patriotic War (World War II), he graduated in Aşgabat, in today's Turkmenistan. He was then assigned laboratory work in Ulyanovsk. During this period, in 1943, he married Klavdia Alekseyevna Vikhireva, with whom he raised two daughters and a son before she died in 1969. He returned to Moscow in 1945 to study at the Theoretical Department of FIAN (the Physical Institute of the Soviet Academy of Sciences). He received his Ph.D. in 1947. In mid-1948 he participated in the Soviet atomic bomb project under Igor Kurchatov and Igor Tamm. The first Soviet atomic device was tested on 29 August 1949. After moving to Sarov in 1950, Sakharov played a key role in the development of the first megaton-range Soviet hydrogen bomb using a design known as "Sakharov's Third Idea" in Russia and the Teller-Ulam design in the United States. It was first tested as RDS-37 in 1955. A larger variation of the same design which Sakharov worked on was the 50MT Tsar Bomba of October 1961, which was the most powerful nuclear device ever exploded.

Sakharov never felt that by creating nuclear weapons he had "known sin," in Oppenheimer’s expression. He later wrote: "After more than forty years, we have had no third world war, and the balance of nuclear terror ... may have helped to prevent one. But I am not at all sure of this; back then, in those long-gone years, the question didn’t even arise. After 1955 Sakharow begang to think differently about the nuclear weapons. He became aware that each future test would cost 10'000 victims per megaton, due to the long term effects of radioactive fallout during future generations. According to his calculation, already 50 megatons had been tested, resulting in 500'000 deaths. In 1958 he published two papers, “Radioactive Carbon from Nuclear Explosions and Nonthreshold Biological Effects” and “The Radioactive Danger of Nuclear Tests”. The same year Soviet Union announced a temporary moratorium on nuclear tests in the atmosphere. In 1963 the Partial Test Ban Treaty was signed in Moscow.

In May 1968 he completed an essay, "Reflections on Progress, Peaceful Coexistence, and Intellectual Freedom", where the anti-ballistic missile defense is described as a major threat of world nuclear war. After this essay was circulated in samizdat and then published outside the Soviet Union, Sakharov was banned from all military-related research and returned to FIAN to study fundamental theoretical physics. In 1970 he, along with Valery Chalidze and Andrei Tverdokhlebov, was one of the founders of the Committee on Human Rights in the USSR and came under increasing pressure from the government. He married a fellow human rights activist, Yelena Bonner, in 1972.

In 1973 and 1974, the Soviet media campaign targeted both Andrei Sakharov and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. While Sakharov disagreed with Solzhenitsyn’s Slavophile vision of Russian revival, he deeply respected him for his courage. Only a few individuals in the Soviet Union dared to defend 'traitors' like Sakharov and Solzhenitsyn, and those who had dared were inevitably punished. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975, although he was not allowed to leave the Soviet Union to collect it. His wife read his speech at the ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

Sakharov was arrested on 22 January 1980, following his public protests against the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in 1979, and was sent to internal exile in the city of Gorky, now Nizhny Novgorod, a city that was off-limits to foreigners. Between 1980 and 1986, Sakharov was kept under tight Soviet police surveillance. In his memoirs he mentions that their apartment in Gorky was repeatedly subjected to searches and heists.

n May 1984, Sakharov's wife, Yelena Bonner, was detained and Sakharov began a hunger strike, demanding permission for his wife to travel to the United States for heart surgery. He was forcibly hospitalized and force-fed. He was held in isolation for four months. In August 1984 Yelena Bonner was sentenced by a court to five years of exile in Gorky. In April 1985, Sakharov started a new hunger strike for his wife to travel abroad for medical treatment. He again was taken to a hospital and force-fed. He remained in the hospital until October 1985 when his wife finally was allowed to travel to the United States. She had heart surgery in the United States and returned to Gorky in June 1986. In December 1985, the European Parliament established the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, to be given annually for outstanding contributions to human rights. On 19 December 1986, Mikhail Gorbachev, who had initiated the policies of perestroika and glasnost, called Sakharov to tell him that he and his wife may return to Moscow.

He helped to initiate the first independent legal political organizations and became prominent in the Soviet Union's growing political opposition. In March 1989, Sakharov was elected to the new parliament, the All-Union Congress of People's Deputies and co-led the democratic opposition, the Inter-Regional Deputies Group.

Soon after 21:00 on 14 December 1989, Sakharov went to his study to take a nap before preparing an important speech he was to deliver the next day in the Congress. His wife went to wake him at 23:00 as he had requested but she found Sakharov dead on the floor. He died of a heart attack at the age of 68.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Great Achievement 22 November 1955 (explosion of RDS-37, the Soviet Union's first "true" hydrogen bomb, 3/1.6 megatons)
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  • Work : Great Achievement 30 October 1961 (explosion of Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear bomb ever exploded, 57 megatons. Shortly after the Tsar Bomba was detonated, Sakharov began speaking out against nuclear weapons, which culminated in his becoming a dissident.)
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  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 22 January 1980 (arrested, then exiled to Gorky)
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  • Social : Return Home 19 December 1986 (called by president Gorbachev, to return to Moscow)
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  • Death by Heart Attack 14 December 1989 at 10:00 PM in Moscow (between 21h and 23h)
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Source Notes

Yuliana Angelova posted on the forum: Sakharov's birth time was given in a book written by Genadi Gorelik. The book is entitled "Andrei Sakharov" and on page 42 it is said that Sakharov was born in 5:00 in the morning. Here is the quote: "There was a remarkable event in Moscow. Katia Sakharova gave birth to a little son on May 21, at 5 AM. They decided to name him Andrey ... (From the letter of V. A. Sofiano and Z. P. Churilovaya). "

Rybakov rectified this to 4:52.

The timezone is 5h east of GMT, with double war time. This error was corrected on 21 Mar 2016, after B. Izraitel pointed it out. He rectifies to 4:34 local time.

Sy Scholfield cites same time of birth (5am) recorded in the diary of Sakharov's mother's sister, Anna Goldenveizer: "They returned to Moscow in the middle of 1920. And on May 21, 1921 [Anna wrote:] 'Today at five o'clock in the morning Katya gave birth to a son...'" (quoted in "The World of Andrei Sakharov: A Russian Physicist's Path to Freedom" by Gennady Gorelik and Antonina W. Bouis, Oxford University Press, 2005, p. 22).


  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political
  • Vocation : Science : Physics
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize (Peace prize 1975)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession