The colloquium will be held in Saint-Petersburg State Electrotechnical University "LETI": Videoconference Hall, Bld. 5, 3 Prof. Popov Str., St. Petersburg.

University history

Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI" (ETU) was founded in 1886 as Engineering College of the Department of Post and Telegraph of Russia.

In 1891, it was reorganized into Imperial Institute of Electrical Engineering - the first higher education institution in Europe for training engineers and research in the field of electrical engineering.

Professor of physics Alexander Popov, the inventor of radio, was the first elected director of Institute.

From the moment of its foundation, Institute was recognized as a center of Electrical Engineering in Russia. Many outstanding Russian scientists worked there.

In the 1920s, Electrotechnical Institute played a significant role in development of electrification plans of Russia.

After the Second World War, intensive development of new scientific fields was started at Institute: Radio Electronics and Cybernetics, Electrification and Automatization of Industrial Equipment, Automatics and Telemechanics, Computer Science, Optoelectronics.

In 1992, Institute was granted the university status and became the first Electrotechnical University in Russia.

Zhores I. Alferov
(born March 15, 1930)

In 1952, he graduated from the Faculty of Electronic Engineering LETI on a speciality "Electrovacuum engineering."

In 2000, Zhores I. Alferov was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for the development of heterostructures for high-speed electronics and optoelectronics.


Memorial Museum of A. S. Popov was opened on June 27, 1948 in SPb ETU "LETI." It includes professor`s memorial museum-laboratory and his memorial flat. There are collections of original documents and photographs made by Popov (he was an excellent photographer), personal belongings of family members and original furniture. The museum-laboratory presents remained at the Institute Popov’s devices, laboratory equipment, experimental equipment of wireless telegraph and the equipment of serial marine radio produced by E. Ducrete company. The documents that prove the priority of the Russian scientist in the field of inventing radio are held in the archive of the museum.

"On 7th of  May, 1895 A. S. Popov demonstrated the possibility of transmitting and receiving short, continuous signals over a distance up to 64 meters by means of electronic waves with the help of a special portable device responding to electrical oscillation which was a significant contribution to the development of wireless communication."