Vladimir Vernadsky Facts

Vladimir Vernadsky Facts
Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (March 12, 1863 to January 6, 1945) was a Russian mineralogist and geochemist. He was a founder of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. His most famous work is his 1926 book The Biosphere.
Interesting Vladimir Vernadsky Facts:
Vernadsky was born In St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 1885 he graduated from Saint Petersburg State University.
He became interested in mineralogy.
While studying for his PhD he went to Germany to study under Paul Groth at the University of Munich.
The laboratory at the University of Munich was fully equipped to study crystals and their optical, thermal, elastic, magnetic and electrical properties.
Vernadsky was active in Soviet politics and participated in the First General Congress of local governments.
He served in Parliament as a member of the Constitutional Democratic Party.
After the Revolution of 1917 he served the provisional government as assistant minister of education.
In his lectures Vernadsky popularized the terms noosphere and biosphere.
In 1924 he published Geochemistry.
He was one of the first to recognize that the many of the gases in the Earth's atmosphere derived from biological processes.
In 1926 he published The Biosphere.
He argued biological organisms affected the planet as much as physical forces.
In 1912 he became a member of the Russian and Soviet Academies of Sciences.
He was the first president of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences.
He was a founder of the National Library of the Ukraine.
During the 1930s and 1940s he was an advisor to the Soviet atom bomb project.
He lobbied for the use of nuclear power.
In 1943 he won the Stalin Prize in recognition of his work.

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