Anatole Boris Volkov

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Anatole Boris Volkov
Born (1924-10-29)October 29, 1924
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died November 28, 2000(2000-11-28) (aged 76)
Lakeland, Florida, U.S.
Education North Carolina University (1948)
University of Wisconsin in Madison, M.Sc, Ph.D (1950)
Employer McMaster University (1964-1989)
Known for Silvermaster spy ring
Parent(s) Elena Witte
Relatives Nathan Gregory Silvermaster, stepfather
Sergei Witte, greatgranduncle

Anatole Boris Volkov (October 29, 1924 – November 28, 2000) was an American physicist, allegedly serving as a courier for the Silvermaster spy ring between Washington, D.C. and New York City. Volkov taught both abroad and in America, retiring in the United States 1989. Though Volkov's name appears in the FBI's files, he was never convicted of any espionage by the U.S. government.


He was related to Count Sergei Witte, who was of Czar Nicholas II's Finance Minister of Russia from 1892 to 1903. His mother, Elena Witte, was a baroness. In 1923 the Wittes emigrated to San Francisco, California.

Birth and education[edit]

Anatole Boris Volkov was born on October 29, 1924 in San Francisco, California.[1] After her divorce his mother married Nathan Gregory Silvermaster, head of the Silvermaster group who spied for the Soviet Union during World War II. Volkov spent two years as a radar operator in the United States Navy in the Pacific.

Volkov earned a B.S. in science at North Carolina University in 1948 and M.Sc/Ph.D degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1950. After World War II, he moved to Israel and did research at the Technion in Haifa, and at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. From there he moved to Copenhagen in 1963 and worked at the Niels Bohr Institute. In 1964 he moved to Canada and taught at McMaster University until his retirement in 1989.[2]


He died on November 28, 2000, aged 76, in Lakeland, Florida.[2]


  1. ^ California Birth Index: Anatole B Volkov; 29 Oct 1924; Male; Witte; San Francisco
  2. ^ a b "Anatole B. Volkov". McMaster University. Retrieved 2009-07-10. Dr. Anatole Boris - B.S. (North Carolina, 1948), M.S. (Wisconsin 1950), Ph.D. (Wisconsin 1953). Peacefully, in Lakeland, Florida on Tuesday, November 28, 2000, in his 77th year, after a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves behind his beloved and devoted wife of 50 years, Pearl. Very dear father of Lisa of Toronto, Mark (Brenda) of Dundas and adoring grandfather of Julia, Monica and Alexandra. 

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