Henry V. Struve is a great Russian chemist and a hereditary noble. Surname “Struve” in Russia belonged only to the representatives of mental labor. The Struve family consisted only of writers, philosophers and even engineers.

Struve (an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Sciences) was the discoverer of the reagent for the detection of arsenic. His real name was Henry Wilhelm. Actually, he has discovered this reagent specifically for forensic examination. Thanks to Henry Struve, the knowledge of the scientists was widened by works about inorganic, analytical, physical and forensic chemistry. But this was just a small part that Struve has brought into the contribution to science. Struve moved in 1867 from St. Petersburg to Tbilisi because of undermining health during the gilding of the dome Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (project by K.A. Tone in Moscow). Here he was appointed as an expert to the governor of the Caucasus. Struve has investigated the composition of mineral water in Sochi, that is why he continued his one of the favorite activities during the service in Borjomi.

There is few information about life and legacy of the scientist remained. It is believed that all his investigations in the Caucasus have been a state secret. Even now they are under the secret. All information about the works of a scientist is kept in the State Archives of Georgia under the secrecy stamp.

This story was written from the words of his grandson Struve:

«At one time Struve was charged to gild the domes of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (those first temple). Working with acid, my grandfather lost his voice, and no one among the doctors could help him. Then Heinrich Struve went to the Caucasus, went to work to the Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolayevich (the owner of the estate «Borjomi»), explored the Borjomi springs, and incidentally, he was completely cured. »

The rebellious duke

Winston Churchill is a Britain’s amazing person. Impressive victories and severe methods of control made him cruel-fame, but also a successful politician.

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born in a family of the Duke of old British kin of Marlborough and of the daughter of an American industrialist.

His parents were too busy all the time, so they gave their son to the nanny to be brought up. It turned out that the first one of the two schools was famous for its brutal corporal punishment, and varmint Winston was birched more often than others. The nanny moved him into a more loyal school, where Winston was the worst in the ranking of the school progress.

Because of health problems and difficulties with studies his parents moved Winston to another school, no less prestigious. At the age of 15 he moved to the «military class», where suddenly he has become the best fencer. After that he entered the Royal Military School, then he was enrolled into a hussar regiment of Her Majesty.

War, art and politics


His mother was well-connected, so it helped Churchill to become a war correspondent. Her connections also helped him to enter into an expeditionary building in Malakand, where he desperately was trying to become one of the bravest warriors.

He wrote his mother: “I seek the reputation of man of courage more than anything else in this world.»

The letters from the front line have been published in “the Daily Telegraph” and after the campaign his book “The story of the Malakand field force” was published and had a circulation of 8,500 copies.

After several military battles Churchill resigned in 1899 and became a famous journalist and the author of bestseller of the Sudan Campaign «War on the river.»

At the age of 26 he became a member of the House of Commons, and the only one his fiction book «Savrola» was published, which is considered to be autobiographical.

Being the Minister of Internal Affairs of Britain, Churchill firmly and categorically suppressed the rebellion in the country. Subjected to criticism, nevertheless he continued to solve internal conflicts with the help of military and police.

Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty actively involved himself in an arms race by constructing enormous fleet, which has become the largest item of expenditure of the British budget. During the First World War he conducted the battles merciless and quickly, also he participated in the development of tank weapons.

That was Churchill who supported the movement in Russia (“strangle Bolshevism in its cradle”).

The Second World War also starts with the governing of the Lord of the Admiralty. However, in May 1940, Churchill was appointed the Prime Minister, and his hands of his desire to “fight to win” were unleashed. He creates and holds the post of the Minister of Defence, and unites all the military administration in a single fighting force. In 1944 he holds a discussion in Moscow with Stalin about the division of spheres of influence in Europe. During these negotiations Churchill gets to know the mineral water Borjomi and he prefers mineral water instead of the proposed expensive cigars.

In 1945 the famous Yalta Conference sets the postwar world order.

In 1953 the Prime Minister was presented with a status of the lord. Now he is Sir Winston. Immediately after that he receives the Nobel literature prize. During the political and military activity Churchill received 19 medals of Britain, as well as 19 of foreign. His writings are still considered to be an outstanding contribution to the global library.

Eccentric politician

Notes for lovers of unhealthy lifestyles. According to the researches of well-known biographer Kurt Singer, the image of the man with an eternal cigar and a glass of brandy was created by Churchill specifically for the paparazzi. He has opportunely realized that these habits increased his authority, so he intensely used alcohol and cigars as accessories. When he saw the journalists, he took out a half-smoked cigar from his pocket and immediately took up the glass. In fact, he rarely drank. What is more, he renounced the alcohol for 21 years before his death.

Another fun fact. Churchill was a real neatnik: bedclothes in hotels were changed twice a day and he could take bath several times a day. Once in Egypt in the middle of the desert Churchill demanded a bath. Directly in front of people he undressed and plunged into the heated water from the boiler with words: “ It seems that you’ve never seen naked man”.


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