“My works were written with concrete and iron”: TGC-1 presents a project dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Genrikh Graftio


The TGC-1 project dedicated to the 150th anniversary of power engineer Genrikh Graftio started in St. Petersburg on 6 September. It includes an exhibit about the most important periods in the life of the founder of the Russian hydropower engineering school, and walking tours to the places where Genrikh Graftio lived and worked.

Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI" and Lev Lurie’s Culture & History Club were the partners of the event.

“TGC-1 continues the wonderful tradition of lectures and tours “Energy of St. Petersburg”, revealing the history of science and technology to citizens, which goes hand in hand with the history of our city,” said Natalia Bystrova, Director of the Museum of the Northwest Energy Industry History. “This year, participants of our walking tours will be able to visit the exhibit in "LETI" and walk through the streets of Petrograd-Leningrad, where Genrikh Graftio, an outstanding electrical engineer and facilitator of science, created his industrial masterpieces.”

“Many great people are written in the "LETI" rich history, and Genrikh Graftio is one of them. He is a man, who made an invaluable contribution to the development and formation of the national school of hydraulic power engineering. For most of his life Genrikh Graftio was involved in work of our university, where he taught, headed the department of power plants, and was the director. Here he brought up a number of prominent scientists and engineers, among which were Aleksandr Smurov, Robert Luter and Ivan Egiazarov. We are proud this talented scientist worked in our university. Today's opening of the exhibition organised together with TGC-1 and dedicated to his 150th anniversary is certainly a landmark for us,” pointed Yury Filatov, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Social Issues of "LETI".

The exhibition "My works were written with concrete and iron" will be held in "LETI" until 26 December 2019.

The route of the walking tours: ETU "LETI" — 15 Karpovka River Embankment — 16 Bolshaya Monetnaya Street — 24 Kamennoostrovsky Avenue — 1 Lenin Street — Museum of the Northwest Energy Industry History. Dates: 12, 19, 26 September and 3 October. Duration: 2.5 hours. You can register for the tour at the website of Lev Lurie’s Culture & History Club.

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In 2019 we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Genrikh Graftio, one of the founders of the Russian power sector. A scientist, encyclopaedist, talented engineer and prominent facilitator, Genrikh Graftio contributed greatly to the development of the domestic energy industry. He participated in the engineering of the GOELRO plan for the electrification of Russia, designed first railway electrification projects and directed construction of power plants from St. Petersburg to Crimea and Transcaucasia.

His name is also associated with the construction of Volkhovskaya HPP and Nizhne-Svirskaya HPP power generating facilities of the Ladoga HPPs Cascade, part of TGC-1. It was the first stage of the GOELRO plan.