Conquest of the Arctic

Otto Schmidt – Conquest of the Arctic

A little book by one of the best loved Stalin-era celebrities.  Academician Schmidt was a scientist and polar explorer, but mostly he was the ‘scientific’ star in Stalin’s firmament.  Stood on the mausoleum with the rest of them, but miraculously survived until 1956.  And never grew a moustache, which was de rigeur for Soviet leaders at the time.  He kept his Tolstoyan beard throughout.

Wikipedia says there’s a planet named after him, which is quite cool.

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