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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