Gennady Gorelik is a research fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University. A physicist by education and historian by occupation, he published ten books and many articles on popular science and history of science, including in-depth biographies of 20th-century Russian physicists, Matvei Bronstein, Andrei Sakharov, and Lev Landau.
In his biography of Sakharov, he provides the documentary explanation of Sakharov's metamorphosis from a secret father of the Soviet H-bomb to most prominent advocate of human rights in the Soviet Union.
In 1995, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.
- Размерность пространства: историко-методологический анализ [Dimensionality of Space: historical and methodological analysis]. Moscow, 1983
- First Steps of Quantum Gravity and the Planck Values, Studies in the history of general relativity. [Einstein Studies. Vol.3]. Eds. Jean Eisenstaedt, A.J. Kox., Boston, (1992) p. 364-379
- Matvei Petrovich Bronstein and the Soviet Theoretical Physics in the Thirties (1994) ISBN 3-7643-2752-9
- The Top Secret life of Lev Landau. Scientific American, 1997, August
- The Metamorphosis of Andrei Sakharov. Scientific American, 1999, March
- The World of Andrei Sakharov: A Russian Physicist's Path to Freedom (2005) ISBN 0-19-515620-X
- Matvei Bronstein and quantum gravity: 70th anniversary of the unsolved problem // Physics-Uspekhi 2005, vol 48, no 10, pp. 1039–1053
- Советская жизнь Льва Ландау The Soviet Life of Lev Landau. Moscow, 2008
- The Paternity of the H-Bombs: Soviet-American Perspectives // Physics in Perspective, Vol 11, N 2 / June, 2009, p. 169-197
- Web exhibit "Andrei SAKHAROV: Soviet Physics, Nuclear Weapons, and Human Rights" at American Institute of Physics
- Applebaum, Anne (2005-10-05). "Hero". The New York Review of Books. NYREV, Inc. 52 (16). Retrieved 2009-05-01.