Ivan Dmitrievich Papanin

Ivan Dmitrievich Papanin

Birth
Sevastopol, City of Sevastopol, Ukraine
Death 1 Jan 1986 (aged 91)
Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Memorial ID 44917299 · View Source
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Soviet Admiral, Polar Explorer, Scientist. He spent his early years as a worker in a production plant producing navigation instruments. He served in the Black Sea Fleet during the Russian Civil War and fought in the First World War in the defense of the Ukraine and Crimea. From May 21, 1937 to February 19, 1938 he led a four man expedition to the North Pole as part of the Soviet Union's first drifting station. During the 274-day expedition, his team was involved in conducting a wide range of scientific experiments and data collection. Following the outbreak of the Second World War, he was put in charge of securing and defending the shipping lanes to the cities of Arkhangelsk and Murmansk. In May 1943 he was advanced to the rank of rear admiral. From 1948 to 1951 he served as deputy director of the Institute of Oceanology of the USSR Academy of Sciences, and from 1951 to 1986 as the head of the Department of Sea Expeditions. He was the author of "Life on an Icefloe" published in 1939, and was the recipient of numerous national awards including nine Orders of Lenin, two Orders of the Great Patriotic War, two Orders of the Red Banner of Labor, and a two time recipient of the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.


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  • Originally Created by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
  • Added: 29 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44917299
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ivan Dmitrievich Papanin (26 Nov 1894–1 Jan 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44917299, citing Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .