Igor Irodov

Igor Yevgenyevich Irodov (Russian: Игорь Евгеньевич Иродов; 16 November 1923 – 22 October 2002) was a Soviet Russian physicist and World War II veteran. He was mostly known as a physics professor at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Engineering (MEPHi) and the author of a series of handbooks on general physics, which became lecture courses in physics in several countries.[1]

Igor Irodov
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Prof. Irodov c.1975
Born16 November 1923
Died22 October 2002 (aged 78)
Alma materMoscow Institute of Physics and Engineering
Known forLecture course on general physics
Scientific career
ThesisFocusing and dispersive properties of particular magnetic fields (1956)
Doctoral advisorLev Artsimovich


Irodov was born in Murom, Vladimir Oblast, Soviet Union. When he was eight his family moved to Moscow, where he lived until his death. During World War II he fought with various infantry units at the 1st and 4th Ukrainian Fronts, also acting as a drafter and cartographer. He went through Russia, Ukraine and Poland, ending the war in Czechoslovakia. For his bravery he was awarded the orders of the Patriotic War (II degree, 1945) and Red Star (1944), and the medals for Courage (1943), Battle Merit (1944) and the Victory over Germany (1946).[1]

In October 1945 Irodov was demobilized and sent to Moscow to recover his health. In February 1946, he entered the Physics Faculty of MEPHi, graduating with honors in November 1950 with a diploma of designer and operator of physics equipment. After that he worked on his PhD titled Focusing and dispersive properties of particular magnetic fields (Russian: Исследование фокусирующих и диспергирующих свойств некоторых вариантов магнитных полей), which he defended in May 1956 under Academician Lev Artsimovich. Starting from 1954 he worked at the General Physics Department of MEPHi, first as a lecturer and since 1976 as a full professor.[1]


In 1957 Irodov published his first book, a collection of problems in atomic physics, which was republished in 1959 and later translated into Polish, Romanian and English. Its eighth and expanded edition, issued in 2002, became the last substantial work by Irodov. He also published collections of problems in general physics in 1968 and 1979, which is still used by many students around the world to hone their physics skills and prepare for various Engineering Entrance Exams.[1]

Irodov spent 27 years of his life on writing a series of handbooks fully covering a university course on general physics. He published the first part (mechanics) in 1975, the second part (electromagnetism) in 1983, and the full set in 1999–2001. In his handbooks Irodov aimed for brevity, crafting concise and clear definitions and removing unessential details and heavy calculus, and for relating theory with practical examples and problems.[1]

Books in English


  1. ^ a b c d e Popov, V. D. "К 85-летию со дня рождения и. Е. Иродова". Moscow Engineering Physics Institute. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)