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Sumgin, Mikhail Ivanovich, 1873-1942



  • Existence: 1873 - 1942


Mikhail Ivanovich Sumgin was born in Russia in 1873. From 1895 to 1899, Sumgin attended the University of St. Petersburg. He first studied the phenomenon of permafrost in 1911. In 1930, he helped organize the Commission for the Study of Permafrost of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR; in 1939 he became deputy director of the academy’s Institute of Geocryology. Sumgin was the first scientist in the USSR to organize the existing data concerning the origin and spread of permafrost and to determine the tasks of geocryology as an independent branch of science. Sumgin died in 1942.

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Mikhail Ivanovich Sumgin papers

Identifier: Mss-162
Stefansson Mss-162
Date(s): 1940

Mikhail Ivanovich Sumgin (1873-1942), Soviet scientist and one of the founders of geocryology. Consist of a typescript of his book "General Permafrostology," translated from the Russian by Eugene A. Golomshtok and William Mandel.

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