THE BREAKTHROUGH INTO THE GLOBAL SCIENCE: G.M. DOBROV’S PATH
Nauka naukozn. 2019, 3(105): 89-93
Section: 90th anniversary of Gennadiy Mykhailovych Dobrov
Abstract: Short biographic reference on G.M. Dobrov (1929—1989), the founder of science policy studies in Ukraine, is given to ask the question of how it happened that a guy born in a province could make a breakthrough in a new field of humanitarian knowledge given the country’s isolation from the outer world. It is answered by way of analysis of three directions of Dobrov’s “breakthrough” into the global scientific area in the field of science policy studies: (i) international publications: in 1962—1978 the Dobrov’s publication activity was boosting; (ii) personal integration in the international community: allowed to go abroad in that time of “iron curtain”, by 1970 Dobrov could visit dozen or more foreign countries belonging to “socialist” and “capitalist” camps; his intensive publications and participation in international congresses and conferences, close informal contacts with distinguished researchers resulted in his membership in several international academies and editorial boards of international scientific journals, “Scientometrics” in particular; (iii) activities at international level: collaboration with governments of socialist countries as a counselor and with UNESCO as expert; engagement of the research team headed by Dobrov (the only one from the USSR) in the international project “International Comparative Study on Organisation and Performance of Research Units (ICSOPRU) launched by UNESCO, covering the period 1971—1986 and 18 countries. Besides that, Dobrov was initiator and contributor to compilation and publishing of a multi-language (Russian-German-English) glossary on science policy.
Keywords: science policy studies, publications, publication activity, scientists.