"A hunter for comets" as his friends named him
Ukrainians have paid their last respects to Klim Churyumov near Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, where he had spent many years as a professor sharing his knowledge with students.
The scientist died at the age of 80 after having a stroke on October 15. He was a world-famous Ukrainian scientist, astronomer, head of the Kyiv Planetarium, member of Ukraine's National Academy of Sciences along with his many other titles.
He is best known for discovering two comets – Churyumov-Gerasimenko and Churyumov-Solodovnikov, a 12-year long Rosetta mission investigating the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet ended just a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to his work, the world has been able to know more about our planet, the solar system along with many other galaxies.
Churyumov's friends called him simply - "a hunter for comets".
Volodymyr Yefymenko, director of Astronomical Observatory of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv: He wanted to pass on his knowledge to the younger generation, having many students he was on his way to Kharkiv to participate in a young scientist conference there. But unfortunately, he had a stroke.
These are some photographs of Klim Churyumov and his assistant Svitlana Gerasymenko back in 1969. They probably had no idea they will discover a comet that will become a TV star in the 21 century.
Klim Churymov, astronomer: It was a historic day. I was very happy that day, but I was worried in the morning because I felt that not everything was how I wanted it to be.
Churyumov had also been exploring solar-terrestrial relations, auroras, the ionosphere, along with designing astronavigational equipment for satellites, always saying he is a Ukrainian scientist
Klim Churymov, astronomer: I told them when they were interviewing me: if you dare call me a Soviet, you had better call me a Kyiv Rus scientist.