University (Moskovskii gosudarstvennyi universitet imeni Mikhaila
Lomonosova) in its present form (from the 1950s), located on the
Sparrow Hills overlooking Moscow's center city. Photo courtesy Thomas T. Hammond.
Moscow University was founded in 1755, which was rather later by
European university standards; some colleges were already even in existence
in America by then too. The driving force behind this
accomplishment was Mikhail Lomonosov
(1711- 1765), who has frequently been referred
to as the "Ben Franklin" of Russia as Lomonosov, like Franklin, dabbled
in a wide range of scientific and literary pursuits.
Well, I don't have a photo of Mikhail Lomonosov, but I do
have a photo of his grave marker (Well, actually only a part of the monument) in the Aleksandr Nevskii Lavra in St. Petersburg.
If you are up for some
punishment, then you can always read my
dissertation on the history of Moscow University and the 1840s, "Count
Sergei Stroganov and the Development of Moscow University,
1835-1847." Since the University, throughout its history, was
also closely tied to
cultural developments in Russia, I included the separate chapters on
the university in the weeks of this course devoted to Catherine the
Great, Alexander I and Nicholas I. (These are all
Another image of Moscow University, slightly stylized.