Norair Sisakyan, Soviet biochemist

Norair Sisakyan, Soviet biochemist

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Caption: Norair Sisakian (1907-1966), Soviet-Armenian biochemist. Sisakian was one of the founders of space biology and is known for proposing chloroplasts as poly-functional cell structures. He also contributed greatly to the Soviet space program. Here, in his role as Academic Secretary of the USSR Academy of Sciences' Biological Sciences Department, he is answering journalists' questions at a news conference on studying preliminary data obtained during Sputnik 9 and Sputnik 10 space flights involving animals. These animals were two dogs, some mice and a guinea pig. Photographed in the Academy's conference hall in Moscow, Russia, on 28 March 1961.

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