Aleksandr SHCHERBAN, USSR Specialist in mine ventilation and thermodynamics. Doctor of Technology Science; Professor; Chairman, State Committee Coordinating Research Work, Ukrainia Soviet of Ministers, and Deputy Chairman, Ukrainia Soviet of Ministers, since 1961; full member, Ukrainia Academy of Sciences, since 1957. Member, Communist Party, since 1927.
1924-1929 miner, Donbas mines. 1933-1941 at “Donshakhtoproekt” Trust. 1941-1945 in Soviet Army.
1946-1953 Deputy Director, Institute of Mining, Ukrainia Academy of Sciences. 1953-1957 Chief Learned Secretary, Presidium, Ukrainia Academy of Sciences. 1957-1962 V.-President, Ukr Academy of Sciences.
Expert on heat exchange in mine workings. Has developed widely used equipment for automatic detection of methane in mine atmosphere.