Klavdii Ippolitovich Shenfer

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Shenfer, Klavdii Ippolitovich


Born May 26 (June 7), 1885, in Radviliškis, in what is now the Lithuanian SSR; died May 18, 1946, in Moscow. Soviet electrical engineer. Academician of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1932; corresponding member, 1931).

Shenfer graduated from the Imperial Technical School (now the N. E. Bauman Moscow Higher Technical School) in 1910 and was named a professor there in 1917. He helped organize the electrical engineering department of the Moscow Higher Technical School in 1918 and the All-Union Electrical Engineering Institute in 1921. Shenfer began teaching at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute in 1930.

Shenfer’s principal works were devoted to electric machines, commutation in commutator machines, and cascade connection of electric machines. He was the author of a number of textbooks. Shenfer received the State Prize of the USSR in 1943 and was awarded the Order of Lenin, two other orders, and various medals.


Kollektornye dvigateli peremennogo toka, 4th ed. Moscow-Leningrad, 1933.
Dinamomashiny i dvigateli postoiannogo toka, 5th ed. Moscow-Leningrad, 1937.
Asinkhronnye mashiny, 4th ed. Moscow-Leningrad, 1938.


Petrov G. N. “Akademik K. I. Shenfer: K 70-letiiu so dnia rozhdeniia.” Elektrichestvo, 1955, no. 6.
Moskvitin A. I. Klavdii Ippolitovich Shenfer. Moscow-Leningrad, 1957.
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