Boris Aleksandrovich Mamyrin

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Boris A. Mamyrin
Born May 25, 1919
Lipetsk, Russia
Died March 5, 2007
St. Petersburg, Russia
Citizenship Russian
Fields Mass spectrometry
Institutions Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute
Alma mater Leningrad Polytechnic Institute
Known for Inventor of the Reflectron
Notable awards Konstantinov Award (1982)
Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry (2000)
Russian Society for Mass Spectrometry Gold Medal (2005)

Boris Aleksandrovich Mamyrin (Russian: Борис Александрович Мамырин, May 25, 1919 - March 5, 2007) was a Russian scientist best known for his invention of the electrostatic ion mirror mass spectrometer known as the reflectron.[1][2][3]


Mamyrin was born in 1919 in Lipetsk, Soviet Russia during Russian civil war. Both of his parents were medical doctors and his early aim was to follow in their footsteps. However, shortly after he obtained his M.S. degree in physics from the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, World War II cut his studies short. He served in the army throughout the war, finally discharging from military service in 1948. He returned to the Polytechnic Institute and obtained his doctoral degree within a year. He was the head and leading research scientist of the laboratory for mass spectrometry at Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He was a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a full member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

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  1. ^ * Mamyrin, B. A.; Karataev, V. I.; Shmikk, D. V.; Zagulin, V. A. The mass-reflectron, a new nonmagnetic time-of-flight mass spectrometer with high resolution Sov. Phys. JETP, 1973, 37, 45.
  2. ^ Mamyrin, Boris (2001-03-22). "Time-of-flight mass spectrometry (concepts, achievements, and prospects)". International Journal of Mass Spectrometry. 206 (3): 251–266. Bibcode:2001IJMSp.206..251M. doi:10.1016/S1387-3806(00)00392-4. 
  3. ^ "Obituary: Boris Alexandrovich Mamyrin: 1919-2007". Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 21 (10): 1691. 2007. doi:10.1002/rcm.3012. 

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