NIKOLAY LAVEROV

The Global Energy Prize laureate 2009

PLACE OF BIRTH

 

Nikolay Laverov and his uranium exploration, state mineral stock count Russian boundary delimitation in the Arctic shelf The life of Nikolay Pavlovich Laverov is often compared to the life’s journey of fellow country man Mikhail Lomonosov, both were natural born scientists. A recognized geologist and public figure (in 1989 – 1991 Dr. Laverov was Deputy Chairman of USSR Council of Ministers, Chairman of the State Committee for Science and Technology under the Council of Ministers of the USSR and the Minister), he undertook his first mining party at the age of fifteen. For twenty years, he had been working with his backpack equipped with a radiometer and with a geological hammer in his hands, and only on the basis of giant field experience he delivered his thesis research works, academic degrees, positions and ministerial powers. The life of Nikolay Pavlovich Laverov is often compared to the life’s journey of fellow country man Mikhail Lomonosov, both were natural born scientists. A recognized geologist and public figure (in 1989 – 1991 Dr. Laverov was Deputy Chairman of USSR Council of Ministers, Chairman of the State Committee for Science and Technology under the Council of Ministers of the USSR and the Minister), he undertook his first mining party at the age of fifteen. For twenty years, he had been working with his backpack equipped with a radiometer and with a geological hammer in his hands, and only on the basis of giant field experience he delivered his thesis research works, academic degrees, positions and ministerial powers. Nikolay Laverov’s lifeline is unique, it reflects the destiny of the country, a part of which he basically was. His entire life had been related to mineral resources, primarily to uranium. He left a mark in history and science as the founder of Russia’s uranium ore scholarly tradition. Nikolay Ryzhkov called Laverov more than his colleague, but a friend and described him as follows: “Nikolay Pavlovich was an able-bodied man, USSR Master of Sports in sambo, he loved skiing and used to spend his vacations in the mountains with his grandchildren. In order to keep fit, he liked to do his morning exercises in the open air. There is a story about this side of the academician’s life: Nikolay did not like to idle his time, in the morning he would take a spade and clean the snow around his house. In some time, the local yard keepers, mostly from Asian states, got used to have Nikolay doing their work for them. So Nikolay Pavlovich got the nickname “Scholar”. It never occurred to them what this man really was. Years later, Laverov happened to get there again and heard reproaches addressed to him: “Hey Scholar, where did you vanish? Do you mean to say we are supposed to clean snow from the paths instead of you?” Nikolay Pavlovich Laverov represented the generation of scientists who had left to study on top of railroad cars, and then studied and worked with sincere passion and enthusiasm. Those were the researchers who valued the interests of the state much higher than personal research ambitions. The people who never forgot their home places even after they were widely recognized and saw implementation of their scientific ideas. They care about their local roads, houses and gather their big families together.

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