It has come to my attention that the photo I used in this post is of Artem Mikoyan, not Mikhail Gurevich. Please follow this link to see the correct photo: http://gstv.us/1m1l5bX
This Day in Aviation History
January 12th, 1893
Mikhail Gurevich (Russian: Михаи́л Ио́сифович Гуре́вич) is born.
Mikhail was a Soviet aircraft designer, a partner (with Artem Mikoyan) of the famous MiG military aviation bureau. MiG is an abbreviation of their surnames.
Born to a Jewish family as the son of a winery mechanic in the small township of Rubanshchina (Kursk region in Ukraine), in 1910 he graduated from gymnasium in Okhtyrka (Kharkov region) with the silver medal and entered the Mathematics department at Kharkov University. After a year, for participation in revolutionary activities, he was expelled from the university and from the region and continued his education in Montpellier University.
In the summer 1914 Gurevich was visiting his home when World War I broke out. This and later the Russian Civil War interrupted his education. In 1925 he graduated from the Aviation faculty of Kharkov Technological Institute and worked as an engineer of the state company “Heat and Power”.
In 1929 Gurevich moved to Moscow to pursue the career of aviation designer. Soviet design was a state-run affair, organised in so-called OKBs or design bureaus. In 1937 Gurevich headed a designer team in the Polikarpov Design Bureau, where he met his future team partner, Artem Mikoyan. In late 1939 they created the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau, with Gurevich in the position of Vice Chief Designer, and after 1957 as its Chief Designer, a post he kept until his retirement in 1964. This is quite remarkable, considering that he never joined the Communist Party…..
Wikipedia, Mikhail Gurevich (aircraft designer): http://gstv.us/1P55TSz
Wikipedia (Russian), Гуревич, Михаил Иосифович: http://gstv.us/1P56qUH
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