Moscow State University
Lomonosov Moscow State University , previously known as Lomonosov University or MSU , is the largest university
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 in Russia
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. Founded in 1755, it also claims to be one of the oldest university in Russia (the oldest after St. Petersburg State University founded in 1724) and to have the tallest educational building in the world. Its current rector
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 is Viktor Sadovnichiy
Viktor Sadovnichiy
Viktor Antonovich Sadovnichiy is a Russian mathematician, winner of the 1989 USSR State Prize. Since 1992 he has been the rector of Moscow State University.-Biography:...

. In 1940, the university was renamed in honor of its founder, Mikhail Lomonosov
Mikhail Lomonosov
Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov was a Russian polymath, scientist and writer, who made important contributions to literature, education, and science. Among his discoveries was the atmosphere of Venus. His spheres of science were natural science, chemistry, physics, mineralogy, history, art,...