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Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765) was a physicist, chemist, astronomer and writer who is regarded as the leading figure of the Russian Enlightenment. After studying in Marburg, Germany, Lomonosov returned to Russia and became a strong proponent of developing higher education and scientific study in Russia. He went on to become a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and founded Moscow State University, which still bears his name. Lomonosov was also a poet whose writings influenced the development of the modern Russian literary language.