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Alexander Borodin

Russian composer, doctor and chemist

Alexander Borodin

Russian composer, doctor and chemist
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Biography

Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin (Russian: , tr. Aleksandr Porfir’yevich Borodin, IPA: [ l k’sandr p r’f i r j v t b r ‘d in] (listen); 12 November 1833 – 27 February 1887) was a Russian chemist and Romantic musical composer of Georgian ancestry. He was one of the prominent 19th-century composers known as “The Five”, a group dedicated to producing a uniquely Russian kind of Classical music. Borodin is known best for his symphonies, his two string quartets, the symphonic poem In the Steppes of Central Asia and his opera Prince Igor. Music from the In the Steppes of Central Asia, his Symphony No. 2, Prince Igor and his string quartets was later adapted for the US musical Kismet.
A doctor and chemist by profession and training, Borodin made important early contributions to organic chemistry. Although he is presently known better as a composer, he regarded medicine and science as his primary occupations, only practicing music and composition in his spare time or when he was ill. As a chemist, Borodin is known best for his work concerning organic synthesis, including being among the first chemists to demonstrate nucleophilic substitution, as well as being the co-discoverer of the aldol reaction. Borodin was a promoter of education in Russia and founded the School of Medicine for Women in Saint Petersburg, where he taught until 1885.

Name

Alexander Borodin

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Russia

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