President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena took part in the farewell ceremony for the President of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Borys Paton. This was reported by the press service of the head of state.
Volodymyr and Olena Zelensky laid flowers at Paton's coffin, and also talked with the scientist's family and expressed the sympathy.
"Borys Paton has become a legend of Ukraine. A man whose scale is difficult to describe. I am glad that I had the chance to meet him. Eternal memory to him and sincere condolences to his family and friends," the president said.
The farewell ceremony was also attended by the head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal, the first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk and others.
Borys Paton will be buried at the Baikovo cemetery in Kyiv. He died on August 19 at the age of 102.
Paton was born on 27 November 1918 in Kyiv, in the family of scientist and founder of the Paton Institute of Electric Welding in Kyiv, professor Yevhen Paton.
During the Second World War, more precisely in 1941 and 1942, Paton worked and designed electric circuits at the Krasnoye Sormovo Factory No. 112 in Gorky, Russia. His designs helped to increase Soviet tank production and thus, speed up the victory in the war.
In the early 1970s and 1980s, Paton had advised the Soviet authorities not to build the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
The scientist was the first person to have been awarded the title of the Hero of Ukraine (1998).