|Il'ya Izrailevich Blekhman, was born on November 29, 1928 in Harkhov.
He graduated in 1951 at Leningrad's polytechnique Institute, Faculty of
Mechanics and Mathematics, and immediately became a resarch engineer in
area of technical mechanics at "MEHANOBR". In 1962 he defended the doctoral
thesis. His university professors were G.Yu Dzhanelidze, A.F. Ioffe, A.I.
Lur'e, I.G. Malkin, S.N. Numerov, V.I. Smirnov, G.M. Fihtengol's.
Full Professor and Doctor of Physical-Mathematical Sciences (the highest degree in Russia), Iliya I.Blekhman heads the Fundamental Research Department of the Research and Design Institute of Mechanical Treatment of Mineral Products (Mekhanobr) and the Laboratory of Vibrational Mechanics of the Institute of Problems of Mechanical Engineering of the Academy of Sciences of Russia in St. Petersburg. He is Full Member of the Russian and International Engineering Academies, a Member of the National Committee of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and he also participates in publishing the Russian journal Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (which is translated into English).