PERM STATE MEDICAL ACADEMY

 Founded: October 14, 1916
 Location: Perm State, Russia

It is worth mentioning that the University was initially set up as a branch of the St. Petersburg University – one of the leading European centres of higher education. Young and ambitious professors and tutors from the capital of Russia formed the backbone of the new university staff. It was a galaxy of brilliant academics overwhelmed with new ideas and zeal: B.D. Grekov, S.P. Obnorsky, N.P. Ottokar, A.A. Zavarzin, A.S. Yaschenko, K.K. Buga, Yu.N. Verkhovsky, A.G. Genkel, A.A.Fridman, N.P. Gerasimov, A.A. Rikhter, A.I. Bukirev, O.N. Bader, I.M.Vinogradov and some others. Very quickly the University began to develop into the centre of intellectual and spiritual life of the Perm region, producing a special atmosphere of creative work, and introducing the town to the centres of European culture and education. An English traveller J. Greenwald managed to reflect objectively this process while describing Perm: “The centre of the whole cultural life is the University. Its students give the air of academic campus to Perm, where the University is the hub of life. This circumstance shapes the town, which has become one of the regional academic centres, sort of “Ural Cambridge”.

The University was born in the atmosphere of aspirations. For many “Founding Fathers” Perm was not supposed to be just a short episode in their academic careers. Alexander Genkel’s life is the proof of it. He was not only an outstanding botanist, who laid the corner stone of the University Botanical Garden, but also a brilliant lecturer, polyglot and erudite, who embodied the characteristic feature of his time – universalism. Besides his professional articles on biology he offered his own versions of translation of “Utopia” by Thomas Moore and “Sun City” by Tomazo Campanella. He was in the mainstream of poetry and published critical essays in it.