This document is an answer to the letter from State Plan of Ukrainian Soviet Socialistic Republic to Academy of Sciences of USSR “About Rationality to Construct Cyclotron in UIPhT” (22 Feb 1940). The answer of academician Petr Kapitsa to this letter was very critical. Kapitsa wrote that UIPhT “during the last several years built a number of research installation but did not finish them. However it started to build new installations. Such activities of UIPhT can’t be considered as normal”. So Petr Kapitsa discouraged building a cyclotron in UIPhT, and this was one of the reasons why this institute did not become the leading nuclear center in USSR.
February 22, 1940
Letter from State Plan of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic to Academy of Sciences of USSR, 'About the Rationality of the Cyclotron Construction in UIPhT'
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Письмо Госплана УССР
в АН СССР и физические институты
«О целесообразности строительства циклотрона в УФТИ» 
22 февраля 1940 г.
Украинский физико-технический институт АН УССР обратился в СовнаркомУССР с предложением построить при этом институте циклотрон.
Стоимость циклотрона ориентировочно определена в сумме 1,5 млн рублей, астоимость nроектирования - в 75 тыс. рублей.
Госплан УССР nросит сообщить нам Ваше мнение о целесообразности постройкимощного циклотрона при УФТИ, а также о сумме необходимых затрат на его проектирование истроительство.
Заместительпредседателя Госплана УССР В. Скульский
 Документ направлен в ФИАН, ИФП, РИАНи ЛФТИ. ОтветИФП - см. документ № 39.
Letter from the State Planning Committee of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic to the Academy of Sciences of the USSR “On the Viability of the Cyclotron Construction in UIPhT[i]”, 22 February 1940[ii].
The Ukrainian Institute of Physics and Technology of the Academy of Sciences of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic proposed to the Council of People’s Commissars of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic to construct the cyclotron by this institute.
Approximate cost of the cyclotron is 1,5 million rubles, and the cost of designing is 75 thousand rubles.
The State Planning Committee of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic requests information about the viability of constructing a powerful cyclotron by UIPhT, as well as about the amount of necessary expenditures for its construction and designing.
Deputy Director of the State Plan of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic V. Skulsky
[i] This is an abbreviation of Ukrainian Institute of Physics and Technology in Kharkov, which now calls the Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology (KhIPhT) [translator's note]
[ii] This document was sent to the Physical Institute of the Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Semiconductor Physics, and the Radium Institute of the Academy of Sciences, the Leningrad Institute of Physics and Technology. The answer to this letter from the Institute of Semiconductor Physics could be found in “Atomic Project of USSR”, Document No. 39, . Vol. 1. Part 1 [note by editors of Atomic Project of USSR”]
This letter informed the Academy of Sciences that UIPhT asked the government of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic to allocate 75 thousand rubles for designing of the cyclotron, and 1,5 million rubles for its building. The State Plan asked an advice on necessity to build the cyclotron.
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