Polymer Science, Ser. A, Vol. 40, No. 11, 1998, pp. 1047-1048. Translated from Vysokomolekulyamye Soedineniya, Ser. A, Vol. 40, No. 11, 1998, pp. 1733-1734.
Original Russian Text Copyright © 1998.
English Translation Copyright © 1998 by ÌÀÈÊ Íàóêà/Interperiodica Publishing (Russia).
Tat'yana Maksimovna Birshtein
In December 1998, we will celebrate the birthday of Professor Tat'yana Maksimovna Birshtein, Dr. Sci. (Phys.-Math.), Head Research staff member of the Institute of Macromolecular Compounds (Russian Academy of Sciences), one of the most authoritative specialists in the theoretical physics of polymers, and a well-known scientist in the former Soviet Union and Russia.
Tat'yana Maksimovna is distinguished by her wide scope of scientific interests in combination with a deep insight of the subject, high professionalism, and fine physical intuition. She is wholly devoted to science. Tat'yana Maksimovna Birshtein was born in Leningrad (presently St. Petersburg) on December 20, 1928. She graduated from Leningrad State University. The scientific biography of T.M. Birshtein is almost completely connected with the Institute of Macromolecular Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. Here, in the early 1950s, a well-known soviet scientist, Prof. M.V. Vol'kenshtein, an associated member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, founded the so-called Leningrad school of polymer science. Professor Tat'yana Maksimovna Birshtein is a representative of this famous scientific community. The works originating from this school laid the ground for a new direction, presently known as the conformational statistics of mac-romolecules. The main principles of this theory were outlined in the widely known monograph "Conformations of Macromolecules" written by T.M. Birshtein in collaboration with O.B. Ptitsyn (issued in 1964 and later translated and published abroad). At present, the Scientific School "Theory and Computer Modeling of Partly Ordered Polymeric Systems of Complicated Molecular and Supermolecular Architecture," headed by a group of specialists including Prof. Birshtein, is recognized as leading this scientific field in Russia.
Fruitful ideas formulated by Prof. Birshtein, followed by their effective theoretical development, account for progress in a number of important directions such as the structure of polymer solutions, adsorption of polymer chains, the structure and thermodynamics of polymeric layers with grafted chains, the supermolecular structure of block copolymers, morphology regulation in the copolymer blends, polyelectrolyte systems, liquid-crystalline ordering in polymeric systems, and some others.
Prof. Birshtein always stayed on the leading front of scientific interests and contributed to the development of the newest directions in the statistical physics of polymers. A bright illustration of this is offered by her works in the scaling theory of the solutions of linear and branched polymers. Another example are her works devoted to the theory of supermolecular structures formed in solutions of block copolymers (micellar solutions, liquid-crystalline superstructures). In particular, Prof. Birshtein predicted the possibility of superstructures with a regular morphology in the blends of diblock copolymers, microphase separation during liquid-crystalline ordering in grafted polymer layers, and some other notable effects, thus initiating important experimental investigations. The works of Prof. Birshtein are well known and recognized all around the world. She has participated and reported in numerous international symposia and conferences, and is a member of the Editorial Board of our Journal.
For many years, Prof. Birshtein combines scientific and pedagogical activity. Her former students, including several Ph.D's and nearly two dozen Cand. Sci.'s, are now successfully working both in St. Petersburg and in other places. Professor Birshtein is popular among students of the Department of Physics at St. Petersburg State University, where she has been reading lectures for many years, integrating science and education.
Tat'yana Maksimovna Birshtein has been triply nominated as an Honored Professor of the Soros Science Foundation.
Tat'yana Maksimovna Birshtein is meeting her Jubilee actively working and full of strength, energy, and creative plans. She is recognized for her wide erudition, deep intelligence, active interest in surrounding life, creative living position, and kind responsivity. All these personal traits have won the respect and love of her students and colleagues.
The Editorial Board of the Journal Vysokomoleku-lyarnye Soedineniya (Polymer Science) congratulates Tat'yana Maksimovna Birshtein with her birthday and wish her many years of creative work and new achievements in polymer science.