Sagdeyev, Roald Z. (1932–)
Roald Sagdeyev is a Russian plama physicist who was also one of the leading figures in Soviet space science from the
1960s to the 1980s. Sagdeyev was involved in virtually every Soviet lunar
and planetary probe in this period, including the highly successful Venera and Vega missions. He also advised
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on space and arms control at the 1986 Geneva,
1987 Washington, and 1988 Moscow summits. In the late 1980s, Sagdeyev left
the Soviet Union and settled in the United States where he headed the East-West
Science and Technology Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.
1. Sagdeyev, Roald Z. The Making of a Soviet Scientist: My Adventures in Nuclear Fusion and Space from Stalin to Star Wars, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1995.