Igor Bogdanoff and Grichka Bogdanoff: Who were the French Twin Brothers Actually?

Igor Bogdanoff and Grichka Bogdanoff were the French twin brothers and scientific essayists who passed away after contracting covid-19. According to the report, both were admitted at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris on December 15th, 2021 unfortunately they both were not vaccinated. On December 28th, 2021 Grichka died and Igor closed his eyes on January 3rd, 2022. During their time of death, Igor and Grichka were 71 years old, on the same month their funeral was held in the Church of the Madeleine, in Paris, France.

Who were Igor Bogdanoff and Grichka Bogdanoff?

Igor Bogdanoff and Grichka Bogdanoff

Igor Bogdanoff and Grichka Bogdanoff were borth born to Maria Dolores Franzyska and Yuri Mikhaïlovitch Osten-Sacken-Bogdanoff. Igor is 40 minutes younger than Grichka, they were raised in the castle in southern France by their maternal grandmother, Countess Bertha Kolowrat-Krakowská. Moreover, they are descended from a noble Muslim Tatar family but their ancestor converted to Orthodox Christianity.

Igor and Grichka spoke Russian, French, German in addition to English. Focusing on their career, the twins hosted many popular television shows. From 1979 to 1989, they successfully ran the temps X (Time X), a science fiction show. Following next, they hosted popular shows including Doctor Who, Star Trek, and Prisoner. In 2002, the twin launched Rayons X (X Rays), a television show which was aired on France 2, and in August 2004 they hosted the 90-minute special cosmology program.

In 2002, Igor earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Burgundy and his brother Grichka earned a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Burgundy (Dijon). Then, the twin brothers worked as the professor at Megatrend University in Belgrade in 2005, initially they were appointed as the Chairs of Cosmology and then named as direct the Megatrend Laboratory of Cosmology.

The twin was accused of undergoing plastic surgery because their cheekbones and chins were different from earlier, also gained fame for their unique look. However, the twins denied these rumors but one of the close friends of their revealed to the News outlet they underwent cosmetic treatment and had taken Botox injections. In the 1990s, their lips, chins, and cheekbone began to appear larger and even the several News and Magazine outlet reported on this. Besides, they made the media headlines after the cryptocurrency boom, several memes made rounds on various social media. Even the twins jokingly said they predicted the cryptocurrency back in the 1980s. Igor was married twice in his life, he share four children with his first wife and two with his second.

Igor Bogdanoff and Grichka Bogdanoff published number of works including Clefs pour la science-fiction, L’Effet science-fiction: à la recherche d’une définition, 3 minutes pour comprendre la grande théorie du Big Bang, La Fin du hasard, Chroniques du “Temps X”, La Machine fantôme, Le mystère du satellite Planck, La Pensée de Dieu, Le Dernier Jour des dinosaures, Le Visage de Dieu, Au commencement du temps, Nous ne sommes pas seuls dans l’univers, Voyage vers l’Instant Zéro, Avant le Big Bang: la création du monde, Dieu et la science: vers le métaréalisme, and La Mémoire double.

What is the Bogdanov Affair?

Igor Bogdanoff and Grichka Bogdanoff

In early 2001, the twins published a paper “Topological field theory of the initial singularity of spacetime,” and it was published in the scientific journals which are quite reputable. In 2002, their paper was questioned by many scientists and professors, and one of them was University of Tours physicist Max Niedermaier. On October 22nd, 2002, Max sent a mail to the University of Pittsburgh physicist Ezra T. Newman and claimed that their paper was spoofed and nonsensical. Later, it was reached to the American mathematical physicist John C. Baez and then he took further and created a thread on Usenet newsgroup under the title “Physics bitten by reverse Alan Sokal hoax?”

Furthermore, American mathematical physicist John compared the paper with the 1996 Sokal affair. Soon after, the twin brothers gained media attention and many concluded that their papers were flawed but John was made to apologize to the brothers after he admitted that he has not read the papers. Following next, the brothers released an email in which French theoretical physicist, Laurent Freidel was in support of them but it was denied by Freidel himself and he told to News media that he sent the forward message of his friend to the twin brothers.

This controversy didn’t end here. On December 30th, 2004 the brothers sued Ciel et Espace, the Universe of the French Astronomical Association for defamation over the title “The Mystification of the Bogdanoffs.” However, the case was closed after the twin missed the court deadlines and they were ordered to pay €2,500 to the publication as a legal cost. Then, the brother filed a criminal complaint against Alain Riazuelo, an astrophysicist for copyright infringement. In March 2012, Alain Riazuelo was convicted and paid €2,000 as a fine. In 2014, the brothers once again sued another magazine named Marianne for defamation and the court ordered the magazine to pay €64,000 in damages to the brothers. Next, they sued CNRS and the court-ordered CNRS to pay €2,000 in damages.

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