- Alexander Goldfarb was born in Moscow in 1947. After graduating from the Moscow State University, where he specialized in biochemistry, he worked in Kurchatov Research Institute of Nuclear Energy.
- He was an active participant of the dissident movement in the USSR collaborating with Nobel Laureate Andrey Sakharov.
- He left the USSR in 1975 and settled in Israel, where he defended his PhD dissertation. In 1982 he moved to the United States where he continued his research work at Columbia University`s Microbiology Department. 
- Litvinenko Justice Foundation - Founders - Alex Goldfarb, accessed 13 April 2008.