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Ilia Georgievitch Shapiro – KOMSOMOLETS
Born December 7th, 1916 in Dnepropetrovsk. Attended school in Moscow from 1924 to 1928. In 1928 Shapiro relocated to Leningrad, where he graduated from a secondary school in 1931. In 1932 he moved back to Moscow, where he attended a technical university. In the 1936 he lived in Leningrad again, where he studied a theory course in the Institute of Mechanics and Optics. In 1941 joined the army as a volunteer, fighting the war against Germany. Was discharged in January 1942 because of the injuries.
In April 1942, he joined GOMZ (later renamed LOMO) as an engineer-designer. He stayed there until 1967. Over his time with LOMO, he was involved in many development projects for photo and film equipment. By the order of the State, he was transferred to Moscow in 1967 to join the design team for construction of a new power system. Shapiro was awarded two medals: one for victory over fascist Germany and one for outstanding labor services during The Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
Alexander Alexandrovitch Vorozhbit – LUBITEL
Born October 18th, 1901 in the town of Kronschtadt. Graduated from secondary school in 1919 and during same year started to work for the Department of Port Surveys. Between 1921 and 1926 studied at the Leningrad’s Academy of Fine Arts. During his last year of studies joined GOMZ (later re-named LOMO), where he was employed on various engineering positions. In April of 1942 he was, by the order of the Ministry, transferred to Sverdlovsk, to work for the defence. He re-joined GOMZ in 1944. During his work at GOMZ at 1930 he started his studies at the Leningrad’s Institute of Industries, where he attended classes of Precise Mechanics and Optics. His studies were intermittent, he only graduated in the 1945. He was awarded medals «For the defence of Leningrad» and «For outstanding labour services during The Great Patriotic War 1941 – 1945». Alexander Vorozhbit was involved in design and development of many different cameras and their parts, including the design of shutter release of the first Soviet mass-produced camera «Fotocor». He left LOMO in June 1959 for The State Optical Institute, where he committed himself to work in the field of scientific researches related to photo-equipment.
Grigory Artemievitch Borkovskiy – LUBITEL2, LUBITEL166, SPUTNIK
Born May 23rd, 1926 in Leningrad. In 1941, after completing his seventh year of secondary school, he began his studies in the technical university of Power Engineering. He could not complete the studies because of the war and entered into apprenticeship at Marty’s factories (later renamed the Factory of Admiralty). In August 1942 Grigory and his mother were evacuated to the region of Novosibirsk. There he commenced studies in the technical school of Military Mechanics. In 1946, he returned to Leningrad and joined GOMZ (later LOMO) in August. He started working as a technician engineer, but later (in 1961) was promoted to the position of engineer-designer. He was involved in design and development of many cameras. In June, 1986, Grigory Borkovski retired from his work at LOMO.
Boris Nikolayevitch Yakubovitch – LUBITEL 166B
Born February 8th, 1920 in Vitebsk (Belorussia). Finished school in 1936. In 1941, he graduated from the Leningrad’s tech-college of Precise Mechanics and Optics. Worked in the town of Zlatoust for the defence industries. In 1942 he joined the army as a volunteer. After the war, he joined GOMZ in November 1945 and by 1946 occupied the position of a technician-designer. Starting in 1952 worked as an engineer-designer and later as a leading designer. Boris Yakubovitch stayed with the LOMO until his retirement in 1980. During his work at LOMO he was involved in production and design of many cameras as well as supervising the production line.
Victor Victorovitch Novoseolov – LUBITEL 166U
Born October 24th, 1946 in Leningrad. In 1961 went to study at the GOMZ’s in-house technical school. In 1963, after his graduation, he worked at LOMO’s shopfloor on the production line. In 1965 commenced his studies at the Technical College of Physics and Mathematics. After his graduation in 1971, he was back with LOMO as an engineer-designer. Was involved in production and design of many cameras. Left LOMO for a different factory in 1992.
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