Agrest, Matest M. (1915–2005)
Born in Mogilev, Byelorussia, Agrest graduated from the University of Leningrad in 1938 and received his Ph.D. in 1946. He became chief of the university's laboratory in 1970. He retired in 1992 and emigrated to the United States. Agrest startled his colleagues in 1959 with his assertion that the giant terrace at Baalbek in Lebanon had been used as a launch site for space vehicles and that the destruction of the Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah (twin cities in ancient Palestine on the plain of Jordan) was caused by a nuclear blast. He now lives in Charleston, South Carolina. His son, Mikhail Agrest, has advocated similarly unorthodox views.
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