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Born in St. Petersburg, Serov was a Jewish-Russian painter, and one of the premier portrait artists of his… [More] era. The greatest works of Serov’s early period were portraits: The Girl with Peaches (1887), and The Girl Covered by the Sun (1888), both in the Tretyakov Gallery. In these paintings Serov concentrated on spontaneity of perception of the model and nature. In the development of light and color, the complex harmony of reflections, the sense of atmospheric saturation, and the fresh picturesque perception of the world — the inaugural features of early Russian impressionism. [Less]
1912: Leonid Kantorovich
Kantorovich was a Soviet-Jewish mathematician and economist, known for his theory and development of… [More] techniques for the optimal allocation of resources. He was the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1975 and the only winner of this prize from the USSR. [Less]
1963: John Bercow
Bercow, the first Jewish Speaker of the House of Commons in the UK, is a British politician who has held that… [More] role since June 2009. Prior to his election to Speaker he was a member of the Conservative Party. Bercow has a long-standing interest in Burma and frequently raised issues of democracy and genocide in the country. He was born to a Jewish family in Middlesex. [Less]