B P Belousov and his reaction

J Biosci. 2009 Sep;34(3):365-71. doi: 10.1007/s12038-009-0042-2.


The generation to which Boris Pavlovich Belousov (1893-1976) belonged has almost disappeared. The archives hold only a few documents about his life and basically secret research. This article is a brief biography of Belousov and attempts to reconstruct what lay behind his famous discovery of the oscillatory homogeneous chemical reaction named after him.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Awards and Prizes
  • Biomedical Research / history*
  • Cerium / chemistry
  • Citric Acid / chemistry
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Models, Chemical
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Toxicology / history*


  • Citric Acid
  • Cerium

Personal name as subject

  • Boris Pavlovich Belousov