Mikhail Lomonosov was born on November 19th, 1711. He was born into a poor and uneducated family that made their living by fishing off of the coast of the far northern village of Denisovka. The city would later be renamed Lomonosovo in his honor and in recognition of all of his great works.
In his early years Lomonosov spent much of his time teaching himself how to read and learning math. He never recieved any formal education until later in his life. At the age of ten his father began to include him in the family business and teach him the ways of a fisherman, Lomonosov did not want to become a fisherman or take part in his father’s business ventures.
When Lomonosov was nineteen he decided to leave his home village and travel to Moscow to further his passion of education. However, he was very poor and my the trip by foot. Once he arrived to Moscow he began his studies at the Slavic Greek Latin Academy. Three years later he began studying at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kiev, however his time here was short lived and after a few months he returned to Moscow to complete his studies. After only five years of study Lomonosov graduated his twelve year course of study and in addition to that he graduated at the top of his class with honors. He decided to continue his education further at Saint Petersburg State University and eventually studied abroad in Germany for two years. Lomonsov’s extensive background in education led him to a life full of discovery in several areas.
He was known for his accomplishments as a physicist, astronomer, chemist, geographer, mosaiist, and poet. He was a man of great knowledge and skill. What he is most significantly known for, however is for his initiative in founding one of the most prominant universities in Russia. In 1755 Moscow University was established, also known as Lomonosov Moscow State University. To learn more about Moscow University and to read more on Lomonosov attributions to the school go to: http://www.msu.ru/en/