1924-1932 worker at a Chukotka fur factory. Statistician; local historian. Studied life and culture of Northern peoples.
Organized first boarding school for Chukchi children in Chukotka National Okrug. Helped develop Chukchi written language and, under guidance of Professor Tan-Bogoraz, compiled Chukchi alphabet. At Popular Commissariat of Education concerned with education of Northern peoples.
Now working on a novel about Soviet sailors plying North Sea Passage.