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|Vladimir Borisovich Rojansky|
|Born||)April 9, 1900
|Died||March 4, 1981) (aged 80)
Vladimir Borisovich Rojansky (April 9, 1900 – March 6, 1981) was an American physicist, author and educator. He was born in Bologoye, a small town outside St. Petersburg, Russia. His father was a railroad construction engineer and one of his grandfathers was a general.
At the outbreak of the Russian Civil War (August 8, 1918) he enlisted in the dragoons of the White Army. Within a month he was wounded in action and was hospitalized until the end of January. During the war his regiment retreated across Siberia to the Far Eastern Republic. There he was discharged as an officer in April 1921.
That year he crossed the Pacific to America. He was graduated from Whitman College in 1924, from the U. of Oregon (M.A. 1925), and from the University of Minnesota (Ph.D. 1928). His thesis was one of the first to employ the modern form of quantum mechanics. It was supervised by John van Vleck, who later won a Nobel Prize. In 1938 he published Introductory Quantum Mechanics, one of the earliest textbooks on the subject.
Interest in contraterrene matter (antimatter)
In a 1935 paper, Rojansky coined the terms "terrene" and "contraterrene" to describe, respectively, ordinary matter and the substance now commonly known as "antimatter,"in which "atoms consist of negative nuclei surrounded by positrons."
His marriage (1926-1958) to Betty Lantz produced a daughter. After his wife's death from Parkinson's disease he married (1958-1981) Mildred Black.
His digestion never recovered from his war wounds.
- Introductory Quantum Mechanics (1938)
- Electromagnetic Fields and Waves (1971)
- Goble, Alfred, "Obituaries: Vladimir Rojansky," Physics Today, August 1981, p. 76. 
- Rojansky, V., "Concerning the Possibility of a Unified Interpretation of Electrons and Protons," Phys. Rev. 48, 108 - 109 (1935)
- Rojansky, V., "Cosmic Rays and Comets," Phys. Rev. 58, 1010 - 1010 (1940)
- Higgins, W.S., "Antimatter's science fiction debut", Symmetry, vol 5, iss 4, Sep 2008. Retrieved 4 Oct 2008
- Vladimir Borisovich Rojansky, Oral History Program, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California 91711 (1978).
- Lamson, K. W. (1939). "Review: V. Rojansky, Introductory Quantum Mechanics". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 45 (5): 348.