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Andrey Lvovich Kursanov (Russian: Андрей Львович Курсанов; 8 November 1902 – 20 September 1999) was a Soviet specialist on the physiology and biochemistry of plants. He was an academician of the Soviet and Russian Academies of Sciences since 1953. He was a member of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in 1957–1963.[2]

Alexander Oparin
Aleksandr Oparin and Andrei Kursanov in enzymology laboratory 1938b.jpg
Kursanov (center) and Alexander Oparin in 1938
Born8 November 1902[1]
Died20 September 1999 (aged 96)[1]
CitizenshipSoviet Union
Alma materMoscow State University
Known forContributions to the theory of the origin of life
Scientific career
InstitutionsMoscow State University
USSR Academy of Sciences

Kursanov graduated from Moscow State University in 1926. He was awarded the degree of doctor of sciences in biology in 1940 and became a professor at his alma mater in 1944.[2]

Professor Kursanov was awarded a number of honorary doctorates and was an honorary member of a number of foreign scientific societies and academies. He was elected a foreign fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1962 and member of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1965.[2]

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