1700 Russian Tsar Peter the Great

1700 Russian Tsar Peter the Great

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Engraving with later tinting of Peter the Great (1672-1725). Tsar of Russia from 1682-1721. Peter taught himself technical and mechanical arts, especially in relation to military and naval science. In 1696, in an effort to acquaint Russia with western science and technology, he led several diplomatic missions to Europe's major cities. He persuaded many skilled individuals to immigrate to Russia to help make it a major world power. In the city that he founded, St. Petersburg, he created an Academy of Science to encourage scientific research. He was also a keen collector - a box of teeth pulled from his staff is preserved today (see Purcell & Gould "Finders, Keepers" 1992).

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