Ukrainian Language and Physics: a Brief Historical Retrospective (to the 150th Anniversary of the Shevchenko Scientific Society)


  • M.V. Strikha Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Faculty of Radiophysics, Electronics, and Computer Systems, V.E. Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Nat. Acad. of Sci. of Ukraine



physics, Ukrainian language, Shevchenko Scientific Society, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences


The history of Ukrainian language as a tool for publishing results of physical research and popularizing physics has been considered. Most important articles on physics that appeared in Ukrainian in 1877–1940 have been analyzed. Special impact was made on the publications of the non-governmental Shevchenko Scientific Society, which acted in Lviv in 1892–1939 as the first Ukrainian national academy of sciences. It is demonstrated that the main goal of the authors of those articles was not to disseminate the obtained results within the international community of physicists but to raise the status of the Ukrainian language, which was officially prohibited in the Russian empire by the acts dated 1863 and 1876, up to the status of the well developed European language by enabling its functioning in the hitherto closed spheres. The prospects of applying the Ukrainian language for publishing the results of physical research and popularizing physics nowadays have been discussed.


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How to Cite

Strikha, M. (2024). Ukrainian Language and Physics: a Brief Historical Retrospective (to the 150th Anniversary of the Shevchenko Scientific Society). Ukrainian Journal of Physics, 69(2), 124.