Minsk is the capital city of Belarus. It is one of the two major cities between Moscow and Berlin. The city buildings were completely destroyed during World War II, but the war could not change the spirit and imaginations of the citizens of Minsk. I have some photos to show you. Before this, did you know two important Americans had their family roots in Minsk?
  1. David Sarnoff was the Steve Jobs plus Bill Gates during the period 1920-60. We all know Maxwell discovered theoretically electromagnetic radiation and electromagnetic waves. Guglielmo Marconi proved that wireless communication is possible based on Maxwell's theory. David Sarnoff started as a personal messenger to Marconi, and created and led the world of consumer electronics until the age of color TV (1915-1960). In 1915, nobody had a radio receiver. Sarnoff came to New York from Minsk when he was 15 years old. Click here for a detailed story.

  2. Richard Feynman was and still is an important figure in modern physics. He was born in the United States, but his father came from Minsk. Did you know this?

Everybody likes to talk about Feynman. If you have your photos with Feynman and an interesting story to tell about him, come to my webpage. I will be happy to add your photos and stories to my Feynman page.

I went to Minsk in 1994, 1996, 2002, 2004, and 2011 to attend conferences, but I have not yet been able to find how this city was able to play its role in producing the talents of Sarnoff and Feynman. This however does not prevent me from showing you some of the photos I took during my visits to the city. Perhaps, I could find out this source of talents while editing this webpage.

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