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Tough as shestoperov’s concrete

The whole life of Sergei Vladimirovich Shestoperov was connected with construction, with the service of the Motherland.

Sergei Shestoperov was born on August 14, 1904 in Moscow in the family of "hereditary honorary citizen", professional musician Vladimir Yakovlevich Shestoperov, whose skills were known and appreciated by the best composers of the era. But Sergei saw his mission not in the continuation of his family's musical traditions, but in engineering.

By 1930, Sergei Vladimirovich had graduated from a technical school and the Moscow Institute of Transport Engineers, received a diploma as a construction hydraulic engineer, and set off for his first serious job. He worked as a senior engineer in construction of Kyiv river port, served in military-industrial service and was gaining experience in construction of fortification and naval hydraulic structures.

In 1934 a young 30-year-old engineer went to the construction site of the century. Sergei Vladimirovich worked as head of concrete works department and head of laboratory at the construction of a giant canal Moscow-Volga. There he laid the foundation of his famous scientific school - the scientific school of concrete by S.V. Shestoperov.

In August 1940, during his business trip, the airplane on which Sergey Vladimirovich was flying, crashed. Severe injuries put his scientific work aside for a while, but in March, 1941 Sergey Vladimirovich was back in line!

When the Great Patriotic War began, Shestoperov directed all his energy and talent to help the troops and Victory. Since 1942 Sergey Vladimirovich as a member of a large team of builders worked on the construction of the Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant. He headed the department, recruited personnel and made scientific discoveries. The scientist suggested cement "III" for solutions from broken bricks and grouted cement, applied Tripoli brick in construction, created the project of a buffer plant of binders and high strength plaster, powerful vibromechanisms for crushing materials and proposed many other original technical solutions.

Patriotic spirit and ardent desire to help the front determined the birth of another invention. The scientist proposed a simple and convenient way to prepare medical plaster based on local materials and developed a mobile unit for preparation of plaster in front conditions. With one of the machines Sergei and his assistants went to the 1st Belorussian front, where the process of plaster making was mastered by the technicians.

During the defense of Sevastopol the fortifications built by Sergey Vladimirovich Shestoperov were used by the garrison of the Thirtieth Battery of the Southern Front. Not a single bomb, not a single shell, including shells of 800 mm caliber of the famous "Dora" did not penetrate this concrete! According to the Germans, who described the storming of the Thirtieth Battery in the 1943 book "for official use," the bursts of super-heavy shells had no effect on the people under the concrete.

In 1944-1948 by decrees of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR Sergey Vladimirovich Shestoperov was awarded the Order "Red Star", medals "For the Defense of Moscow", "For Victory over Germany", "In Memory of the 800th Anniversary of Moscow", "30 Years of the Soviet Army and Navy".

Scientists, engineers and medics appreciated the work of Shestoperov. Marshal Rokossovsky, commander of the front, personally thanked the scientist. This is the most precious evidence of real help to the front, more important than orders and medals.

After the end of the Great Patriotic War, Sergei Vladimirovich was engaged in research and testing of concrete, cement, and stone materials. He defended his candidate's and doctoral theses, organized five concrete laboratories, developed many innovations in the field of concrete application. His suggestions for the organization of concrete work were used in the construction of high-rise buildings in Moscow, cement-concrete pavements of roads, bridges and airfields.

In 1959, Sergey Vladimirovich Shestoperov became the head of the department of road construction materials of the Moscow Automobile and Road Institute. With his arrival at MADI, training of engineers in this specialty began, new laboratories were established, innovative methods of teaching were created, which supposed  field trips of students for inspection of structures. Shestoperov organized the sectoral research laboratory "Cement", where scientists from different countries gathered together, published dozens of scientific papers and received many awards.

Sergey Vladimirovich lived a long life, he did a lot for his country, for people, for science. His students continue his work!