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Science Careers of Romane Sisters

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Jun. 3rd, 2007 | 07:49 pm
posted by: gipsylilya in romany_gypsy

Speaking about Romane intellectuals in Russia we must undoubtedly mention sisters Pankovs, Natalia and Lubov. Natalia was a chemist, Lubov is a biologist. Both sisters had very high national consciousness and often said that they couldn’t let themselves do anything blamable as they represented their people.

During the WWII sisters Pankovs showed themselves as real patriots. Luba and Natasha were daughters of Nickolay Pankov (also an outstanding Rom, who is famous, for example, for his translation of a Pushkin’s poem “Gypsies” to Romani language). The girls’ father wanted them to receive higher education. But when Hitler’s Germany declared the war to the USSR, the sisters left their studies and began working in Moscow armour plants. “It’s not time for studies now,” the girls told their father. Working to the point of exhaustion, the Romane girls made shells for rocket projectors.

They made up for it after the war and both graduated from institutes. You can read their short biographies below.

Natalia Pankova (1924-1991). A Research Assistant of the Institute of Organic Subroducts and Dyes, where she had worked for 35 years. Her professional career was successful. For example, she has authored 30 advanced developments of cyanide dyes (she received the inventor certificates for them). Natalia had many talents: she sang and danced very well, painted with pencils and water-colours.

Lubov Pankova was born in 1925. She’s a PhD in Biology in the field of human and animal physiology. She have been working mainly in the area of clinical physiology. She’s a Senior Research Assistant of a physiological laboratory of the Central Institute of Expert Examination of Labour Capacity and Labour Organization for Disabled. Her researches were on machinery of intercentral relations and their abnormalities and compensations. Lubov also worked for the Academy of Science of USSR and pedagogical institutes, where she gave lectures on human and animal physiology, higher nervous activity and anatomic and physiological peculiarities of children and teenagers. Moreover, she authored and co-authored several study books on those subjects and more than 50 scientific works which were published mostly in central press. Lubov Pankova has done a lot for preserving and recording national history. She has written her memoirs which are waiting for publication.

The Pankovs sisters are representatives of an old famous Russian Romani dynasty which gave many outstanding Gipsies to the world.


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