Ivan Papanin

Ivan Papanin

Ivan Papanin on the Polar Station North Pole-1

Ivan Dmitrievich Papanin (Russian: Иван Дмитриевич Папанин, 26 November [O.S. 14 November] 1894 – January 30, 1986) was a Russian Polar Explorer, Scientist, Counter Admiral, twice Hero of the Soviet Union awarded nine Orders of Lenin

Ivan was born in Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel.

In 1923-1932 he worked for Narkomat of Communications. In 1931 he took part in the expedition of the icebreaker Malygin to Franz Josef Land. In 1932-1933 he was the head of a polar expedition on Tikhaya Bay on Franz Josef Land. In 1934-1935 he was in command of a polar station on Cape Chelyuskin.

In 1937-1938 he was in charge of the famous expedition North Pole-1.[1] Four researchers: Ivan Papanin, Ernst Krenkel, Evgeny Fedorov and Petr Shirshov landed on the drifting ice-floes in an airplane flown by Mikhail Vodopyanov. For 234 days, Papanin's team carried out a wide range of scientific observations in the near-polar zone, until taken back by the two icebreakers "Murman" and "Taimyr". It was the first expedition of its kind in the world. All members of the expedition received the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, which was extremely rare before World War II.

In 1939-1946 Papanin was the successor to Sedovicebreaker . During World War II he was the representative of the State Defence Committee (Gosudarstvennij Komiet Oborony) responsible for all transportation by the Northern Sea Route. In 1941-1952 he was a member of the Central Revision Commission of the Communist Party. In 1948-1951 he was the deputy director of Institute for Oceanology of the USSR Academy of Sciences and from 1951 until his death in 1986 he was the Head of the Academy's Department of Maritime Expeditions. In 1956-1972 he was also the director of the Institute for the Biology of Inland Waters (Bilogii Vnutrennikh Vod).

Papanin's name has been given to a cape on the Taimyr Peninsula, a mountain in Antarctica, and an underwater mountain in the Pacific Ocean. Ivan Papanin's name was also given to an ice-class cargo and research ship (call sign: UCJE) built in 1990 that operates in both Arctic seas and the Antarctic.

Honours and awards

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Русский WorldHeritage.

other medals and foreign decorations.


  1. ^ "North Pole Drifting Stations (1930s-1980s)".  

External links

  • (Russian) Biography
  • (Russian) Biography
  • (Russian) published in the Kommersant NewspaperThe Chief Ice-Floe of the Soviet StateAlexander Malakhov
  • (Russian) Papanin and Arctic at Moscow Centre of the Russian Geographical Society
  • Papanyin - The biography of Papanin (Hungary)
  • Ivan Papanin icebreaker ship details at marinetraffic.com, including position maps
  • Ivan Papanin's tracking map and meteorological data