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Portrait of Vladimir Vernadsky

Vladimir Vernadsky

Mineralogist and Geochemist
March 12, 1863 – January 6, 1945

Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky was a Russian, Ukrainian, and Soviet mineralogist and geochemist who is considered one of the founders of geochemistry, biogeochemistry, and radiogeology, and was a founder of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (now National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine). He is most noted for his 1926 book The Biosphere in which he inadvertently worked to popularize Eduard Suess' 1885 term “biosphere,” by hypothesizing that life is the geological force that shapes the earth. In 1943 he was awarded the Stalin Prize.

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