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Vladimir Petroeschevsky

Vladimir Petroeschevsky

Vladimir Petroeschevsky

(1891 – 1961)

One of the founders of world volcanology. He took part in 280 expeditions to volcanoes of Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Bali and other islands.

He was born in 1891. In 1908 he graduated from the Mikhail Artillery School. When WWI began he joined the army and became one of Hussars. During the Civil War Petroeschevsky joined the Kolchak army. After the defeat, in 1920, Petroeschevsky left Russia via Chita and Vladivostok.

It was a new chapter in Petroeschevsky’s life: he worked as a civil servant at the East Indies geology department (Indonesia today) that used to be Holland’s colony. Within 32 years of work Petroeschevsky became Director of the Geological Volcano Survey. During this period he went down volcanoes 68 times. The main task was to estimate the danger of eruption. In order to do this, Petroeschevsky made maps, laid routes, measured temperature, made drawings and photos. To commemorate the merits of Vladimir Petroeschevsky, one of volcanoes on Lembata Island was named after him in 1948.


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