Sergel Vasilievich Lebedev

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Sergel Vasilievich Lebedev was born in Lublin, Congress Poland back in 1874.  He went to school in Warsaw.  In 1900, he graduated from St. Petersburg University.  After graduation he worked at the Petersburg Margarine Factory.

Starting in 1902, he moved from university to university in Russia, starting the Saint-Petersburg Institute for Railroad Engineering.  In 1915, he was appointed Professor at the Women’s Pedagogical Institute in St. Petersburg.  By 1916, he was a Professor of the Saint Petersburg Academy for Military Medicine.   By 1925, he was the leader of the Oil Laboratory at St. Petersburg University.  He died in 1934, he was 59.

What you may not know about Sergel is that he was a chemist and the inventor of polybutadiene synthetic rubber, the first commercially viable and mass-produced type of synthetic rubber.

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Comments (18)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... Lebedev preceded my father at University of St Petersburg by some seven/eight years. Synthetic rubber was an important invention. Shame he died so young... who knows what else he might have come up with.

May 08, 2021 04:17 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /


Wonderful post.  Smiles are so important. Enjoy your Saturday, Bill Salvatore.

May 08, 2021 04:49 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

There are so many companies making products we use each day from his findings.

Make yourself an awesome day.

May 08, 2021 04:53 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Must say his name is easier to pronounce the synthetic rubber he invented. Just saying . Enjoy your day.

May 08, 2021 05:07 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - that was a very important invention.  Another curious and creative genuis.

May 08, 2021 05:41 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another wonderful inventor you highlighted for us today.  Wishing you a wonderful Saturday.  A

May 08, 2021 06:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a lovely weekend.

May 08, 2021 06:29 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, that sounds very interesting but I am not even completely sure what it is, haha.  I am sure I have used products made with it though.

May 08, 2021 07:08 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

How great, another life well lived. Thanks for the story as always.

May 08, 2021 08:43 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

He was certainly an accomplished man, with an improtant invention. Wonder what else he might have created if he hadn't died so young?!

May 08, 2021 09:35 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Another great inventor to share with us James.  I am sure at first people figure he was nuts but it work out.


May 08, 2021 09:51 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there James! What an industry he certainly helped to create, huh?

May 08, 2021 01:33 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I don't think I'd ever given synthetic rubber much thought.   Have a great day. 

May 08, 2021 02:01 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing another story about an important invention and the person behind it. 

May 08, 2021 05:43 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I am not sure what all it's used for but I'm guessing... A LOT! I wonder if he received the financial rewards he deserved James Dray .

May 08, 2021 06:36 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Did I tel you I flunked Chemistry in College??Endre

May 08, 2021 10:50 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Do we have a generation that is more interested in building video games than creating inventing new and better products?

May 10, 2021 06:18 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

An invention that made the automotive boom possible. Can you imagine rubber tires from rubber collected from natural latex trees?

May 24, 2021 09:00 PM