Mikhail Alexandrovich Bonch-Bruevich (1888-1940)

Professor Mikhail Alex androvich Bonch-Bruevich is an outstanding Russian scientist in radio mechanics, Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, doctor of technical sciences, one of the originators of spark discharge theory, creator of the first electronic tubes, radio-telephone transmitter, and radio-telephone tube stations, one of initiators of theory of radio wave transmission in the upper atmosphere, etc. 

From 1931 to 1940 Professor Bonch-Bruevich was at the head of the chair of theoretical radio engineering in Leningrad Electro-Technical Institute of Communications, headed the radio faculty, and worked as institute deputy director responsible for studies . 

On June 8, 1940 , Council of People's Commissars of the USSR immortalized the memory of this outstanding scientist and teacher, Professor Bonch-Bruevich, by naming Leningrad Electro-Technical Institute of Communications (LEIC) after him. 

In 1993 The Bonch-Bruevich Leningrad Electro-Technical Institute of Communications obtained status of state university. The order of Ministry of Communications of Russian Federation ? 194 of 11.08.1993 established a new name for this institution of higher education : s tate educational institution of higher professional education “The Bonch-Bruevich Saint-Petersburg State University of Telecommunications”. 

Milestones of the university history

1930-1941 Formation of a specialized institution of higher education

October, 1930 – Decree of Council of People's Commissars of the USSR concerning establishment of Leningrad Electro-Technical Institute of Communications (662 people admitted as the first year students).

1931-1941 – Department of evening education is established (specialties: radio communications, telephony, and telegraphy). Publishing and scientific research departments are created. On June 8, 1940 the institute received a new name: The Bonch-Bruevich Leningrad Institute of Communication Engineers. More than 40 scientific research projects were carried out, more than 30 textbooks and monographs, 50 teaching aids, 19 books of scientific and technical collected articles, and 152 scientific articles were published; 2,155 specialists graduated; 21 graduate students defended their theses. 1,400 students were studying in the institute in 1941; 400 teachers and other employees were working; 23 academic chairs, 40 training and scientific laboratories, and training and production workshops have been created.

1941-1945 Together with the entire country

June-August, 1941 – 70% of the teaching staff, employees, and students went to the battle front. Institute chairs were reorganized to fulfill military demands. More than 300 students and employees participated daily in construction of defensive installations, 360 students worked at the special military installations in Leningrad region. Training and production workshops produced ammunition, instruments for the navy, and radio stations. Training courses for radio operators and telegraphists were established.

Winter, 1941-1942 – More than 50 teachers and employees of the institute died of hunger and cold.

1942-January, 1945. – Evacuation of the institute to Kislovodsk, then to Tbilisi (1942).

July, 1942, Tbilisi – Resumption of studies in the institute (471 students at the moment). 1943 – Establishment of institute branch in Leningrad (181 students admitted).

1944-January, 1945 – Re-evacuation of the institute to Leningrad.

1945 -1993 – The leading communication institution of higher education

1945 – Three faculties exist: of radio communications and radio broadcasting, of telephone and telegraph communications, and of evening education. Post-graduate study was resumed. Chair of military education and television research laboratory were created.

1947 – The first scientific and technical conference of teaching staff was held. From this year on conference became annual. Training of specialists for foreign countries is entrusted to the institute.

1945-1956 – 83 doctoral and Ph.D. theses were defended. 52 textbooks and teaching aids were published. Total number of students of the institute was about 5,000 (1956).

1961-1966 – The institute was entrusted with publishing of Works of Communication Institutes (1960). Radio Engineering Faculty and a branch of the institute (Factory and Technical College by The Commintern Research-and-Production Association) were created in 1963. The second study building and two dormitories (for 700 and 600 people) were put into operation. Institute was given right to admit students for defending doctoral theses. 89 Ph.D. theses were defended.

1978-1992 – The institute was included into the list of the country's leading institutions of higher education in scientific work (1978). Construction of a training and laboratory complex on Prospect Bolshevikov began. More than 8,500 students (including 300 foreign students) were studying at seven faculties in five specialties (1980). There were about 600 teachers and more than 400 teaching and administrative employees by that time.

1993-2013 Having university status

1993 – The institute obtained status of university. New name is: The Bonch-Bruevich Saint-Petersburg State University of Telecommunications (SUT). Development of digital information-transmitting systems, introduction of fiber-optic communication lines, development of information networks, and mobile communication networks were determined as priority scientific fields.

New chairs were created: of digital processing of signals, of communication networks, of information safety of telecommunication systems, of biomedical technology, of information-managing systems, of global information technologies, of global info-communication networks and systems.

Saint-Petersburg center of telecommunications was created on the basis of SUT; it is a specialized center for improvement of professional skills and retraining of specialists. Department of fundamental studies was created. It provides training of specialists according to “bachelor and master” system. Factory and Technical College was reorganized into SUT Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics. College of Telecommunications was included into the structure of SUT.

Archangelsk College of Telecommunications and Smolensk College of Telecommunications became branches of SUT. State educational institution Lyceum by SUT was founded. Institute of information technologies (IIT) was created.