Boris Vilkitsky


Boris Vilkitsky

Boris Andreyevich Vilkitsky ( _ru. Борис Андреевич Вилькицкий)(22 March (3 April N.S.) 1885 — 6 March 1961) was a Russian hydrographer and surveyor. He was the son of Andrey Ippolitovich Vilkitsky.

Vilkitsky graduated from the Naval Academy in Saint Petersburg in 1908. He participated in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. In 1913—1915 he led the Arctic hydrographic expedition on the ships "Taimyr" and "Vaigach" with the purpose of further exploration of the Northern Sea Route.

In 1913, Vilkitsky's expedition discovered Severnaya Zemlya, perhaps one of the most important Russian discoveries in the Arctic at the time. Other discoveries were an island that now bears his name (Vilkitsky Island), as well as the islands of Maly Taymyr and neighboring Starokadomsky. In 1914—1915, Vilkitsky's expedition made the first through voyage from Vladivostok to Arkhangelsk, discovered Novopashenniy Island (now Zhokhova Island), and described the southern coastline of Severnaya Zemlya.

In 1918, Vilkitsky was appointed head of the first Soviet hydrographic expedition, which never took place due to its seizure by the interventionists in Arkhangelsk. In 1920, Vilkitsky emigrated to Britain. In 1923 and 1924, Vilkitsky led commercial expeditions in the Kara Sea at the invitation of the Soviet foreign trade organizations.

Later in his life, Vilkitsky was employed as a hydrographer in the Belgian Congo.Boris Vilkitsky died in Brussels in 1961.

Memory

Many geographical features in Russia bear Vilkitsky's name:
*The most well-known one is Vilkitsky Strait, the strait between Severnaya Zemlya and Taimyr Peninsula, an important landmark of the Northern Sea Route.
*Zaliv Vil'kitskogo, a bay in the NW shores of Novaya Zemlya.
*Vilkitsky Island in the Kara Sea.
*The Vilkitsky Islands, a division of the Nordenskjold Archipelago.
*The Vilkitsky Islands subgroup of the Komsomolskaya Pravda Islands in the Laptev sea off the eastern shores of the Taymyr Peninsula.
*Vilkitsky Island in the De Long Group in the Eastern Siberian Sea. [ [http://worldmaps.web.infoseek.co.jp/russia_guide.htm Map Trot, Russia ] ]

References

* [http://www.northpolevoyages.com/files/pdf/arctic_book_pearls.pdf Russian exploration]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Boris Vilkitsky — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Boris Andreyevich Vilkitsky (Борис Андреевич Вилькицкий) …   Wikipedia Español

  • Vilkitsky — may refer to any of the following:;People *Boris Vilkitsky (1885 1961), a Russian Arctic explorer.;Places * The Vilkitsky Strait, a strait in the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago. * The Vilkitsky Islands in the Nordenskiöld Archipelago in the eastern …   Wikipedia

  • Boris Vilkitski — Boris Vilkitski. Boris Andreïevitch Vilkitski (en russe : Борис Андреевич Вилькицкий) (3 avril (vieux style 22 mars) 1885 – 6 mars 1961) est un hydrographe et topographe russe. Il était le fils d Andreï Ippo …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Vilkitsky Island (East Siberian Sea) — For other islands and geographic features called Vilkitsky see Vilkitsky (disambiguation). Vilkitsky Island ( ru. Oстров Вилькицкого; Ostrov Vilkitskogo ) is the southernmost island of the De Long group in the northern part of the East Siberian… …   Wikipedia

  • Vilkitsky Island (Kara Sea) — For other islands and geographic features called Vilkitsky see Vilkitsky (disambiguation). Vilkitsky Island, (Russian: Остров Вилькицкого; Ostrov Vil kitskogo) is an island in the Kara Sea. It is located 40 km northeast of Shokalskogo Island, off …   Wikipedia

  • Vilkitsky Strait — For other geographic features called Vilkitsky see Vilkitsky (disambiguation). Vilkitsky Strait ( ru. Пролив Вилькицкого) is a strait between the Taimyr Peninsula and Bolshevik Island in the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago. The strait connects the… …   Wikipedia

  • Vilkitsky-Straße — Die Wilkizkistraße Die Wilkizkistraße (russisch пролив Вилькицкого/proliw Wilkizkowo) ist eine Meerenge, welche die Taimyrhalbinsel im Norden Sibiriens von der Inselgruppe Sewernaja Semlja trennt (Russland). Die Meerenge verbindet die …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Estrecho de Vilkitsky — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Localización del estrecho de Vilkitski …   Wikipedia Español

  • List of Russian explorers — The Russian Empire at its peak in 1866, including the spheres of influence; this territorial expansion largely corresponds to the extent of contiguous exploration by Russians. This is a list of explorers from the Russian Federation, Soviet Union …   Wikipedia

  • Komsomolskaya Pravda Islands — The Komsomolskaya Pravda Islands ( ru. Острова Комсомольской Правды, Ostrova Komsomol skoy Pravdy ) are a group of islands covered with tundra vegetation, shingle and ice. They were known as Ostrova Samuila before the 1917 Russian Revolution and… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.