Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov (1711–1765) was a Russian scientist, artist, poet, philosopher, historian, educator & writer. Among his discoveries was the atmosphere of Venus, and the Law of Mass Conservation in chemical reactions. His spheres of science were natural science, chemistry, physics, mineralogy & optical devices. He was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Lomonosov influenced the formation of the modern Russian literary language.
From a young age, Lomonosov participated in his father's business ventures, and accompanied him on trading missions.
Lomonosov joined his patron Count Ivan Shuvalov in founding Moscow University.
Lomonosov held the position of Secretary of State.