Letter: Science In The USSR

A few days ago I received a recent issue of your newspaper. While I would like to express my pleasure at finding my name on a list appearing in the article "Physicists Dominate List Of Most-Cited Soviet Scientists" (The Scientist, Feb. 19, 1990, page 23), I am also happy to inform you that I am not dead, as indicated in the article, but quite alive - and in rather good shape! I was very surprised by this erroneous information. Such an announcement could do great damage to my career, as I am st

Nk Kochetkov
Apr 15, 1990

A few days ago I received a recent issue of your newspaper. While I would like to express my pleasure at finding my name on a list appearing in the article "Physicists Dominate List Of Most-Cited Soviet Scientists" (The Scientist, Feb. 19, 1990, page 23), I am also happy to inform you that I am not dead, as indicated in the article, but quite alive - and in rather good shape!

I was very surprised by this erroneous information. Such an announcement could do great damage to my career, as I am still quite active, and my work appears in many well-known journals.

N.K. KOCHETKOV
Institute of Organic Chemistry
USSR Academy of Sciences
Moscow
[Editor's note: In a table accompanying the referenced article, a mistakenly placed asterisk identified Academician Kochetkov as being "deceased." We are very happy to know that he is alive and well, and we...

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