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Mikhail Mikhaylovich SOMOV

Polar explorer

Mikhail SOMOV, USSR Polar explorer. Doctor of Geography Science since 1952; Deputy Director, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, since 1953. Hero of Soviet Union, 1959; Vega Gold Medal of Swedish Anthropological and Geography Society, 1959.


1937 graduated Moscow Hydrometeorological Research Institute.


Since 1945 member, various important polar expeditions. Flew to North Pole with pilot M. A. Titlov. 1950-1951 Head, “North Pole 2” Drifting Station.

1955 headed Soviet Antarctic Expedition. Executive Editor, “Informatsionny byulleten sovetskoy antarkticheskoy ekspeditsii 1955g.” (Information Bulletin of the 1955 Soviet Antarctic Expedition).