Oleg Genrikhovich Ivanovsky (Russian: Оле́г Ге́нрихович Ивано́вский; January 18, 1922 – September 18, 2014) was a Soviet engineer, and pioneer of spacecraft construction.
Ivanovsky graduated from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute in 1953. Designer-General Sergei Korolev recruited him into the Soviet space program. Ivanovsky rose to chief designer at OKB-1, Korolev's design bureau. Among other things he was deputy principal designer of the first and second Sputniks, principal designer of Vostok manned spaceships, and creator of space probes. Ivanovsky personally helped Yuri Gagarin mount the gantry and climb into Vostok 1 and helped rebolt the hatch after Gagarin complained that it had not been closed and sealed correctly. He was said to be the last person to shake Gagarin's hand before the Vostok 1 flight. Ivanovsky was the Recipient of the Lenin Prize (1960) and USSR State Prize (1977).
- James J. Harford, "Korolev's Triple Play: Sputniks 1, 2, and 3," adapted from James J. Harford, Korolev: How One Man Masterminded the Soviet Drive to Beat America to the Moon (John Wiley: New York, 1997).
- "Скончался конструктор космических кораблей «Восток»" ("The Constructor of 'Vostok' Spaceships Passed Away")
- Oleg Ivanovsky, Soviets’ Space-Age Designer, Dies at 92. Obituary. New York Times, September 23, 2014, p. B17
- Obituary: Soviet Space Pioneer Oleg Ivanovsky Dies, Aviation Week and Space Technology, Septemberv 29, 2014, p.11(subscription required)
- "Rockets and people" by B. E. Chertok: "mechanical engineering", 1999, - ISBN 5-217-02942-0;
- J. K. Golovanov, M., "Korolev: Facts and myths", Nauka, 1994, ISBN 5-02-000822-2;
- "Bank of the Universe" - edited by Boltenko A. C., Kiev, 2014., publishing house "Phoenix", ISBN 978-966-136-169-9
- "S. P. Korolev. Encyclopedia of life and creativity" - edited by C. A. Lopota, RSC Energia. S. P. Korolev, 2014 ISBN 978-5-906674-04-3
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