Alexei Fedchenko

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Alexei Pavlovich Fedchenko
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Born February 7 [O.S. February 19] 1844
Irkutsk, Russian Empire
Died August 31, 1873(1873-08-31) (aged 29)
Mont Blanc, France
Fields Biology, geography, exploration
Alma mater Moscow University
Known for Exploration of Turkestan
Author abbrev. (botany) A.Fedtsch.

Alexei Pavlovich Fedchenko (Russian: Алексей Павлович Федченко; 7 February 1844 – 15 September 1873) was a Russian naturalist and explorer well known for his travels in central Asia. Alternative transliterations of his name, used in languages such as German, include "Aleksei Pavlovich Fedtschenko" and "Alexei Pawlowitsch Fedtschenko".

Biography[edit]

Fedchenko was born at Irkutsk, in Siberia, and after attending the gymnasium of his native town, proceeded to the university of Moscow, for the study more especially of zoology and geology.

He married Olga Armfeldt, a fellow botanist.[1]

In 1868, he and Olga travelled through Turkestan, Samarkand, Panjkent and the upper Zarafshan River valley. In 1870, they explored the Fan Mountains south of the Zarafshan. In 1871, they reached the Alay Valley at Daroot-Korgan and saw the northern Pamir Mountains but was unable to penetrate southward.

He also collected significant numbers of insects from three explorations from 1869 to 1873. These were then studied by Ferdinand Morawitz in St Petersburg. He recorded 438 species belonging to 36 genera from Central Asia. 68 species of Andrena, 17 species from Europe and 51 new species.[2]

Soon after their return to Europe, he perished on Mont Blanc while engaged in an exploring tour in France.[3]

After he died his wife publishing his investigations and work, before she started re-exploring with her (and Alexei's) son Boris Fedtschenko.

He also discovered the life cycle of Dracunculus which causes Dracunculiasis, more commonly known as Guinea worm disease (GWD).

Accounts of the explorations and discoveries of Fedchenko have been published by the Russian government: his Journeys in Turkestan in 1874, In the Khanat of Khokand in 1875, and Botanical Discoveries in 1876. See also Petermann's Mittheilungen (1872–1874).

The Fedchenko Glacier in the Pamirs is named after him, as is the asteroid 3195 Fedchenko.

The botanical epithets 'fedtschenkoi' and 'fedtschenkoanus' may each refer to either to Alexei Fedtchenko, or his son Boris Fedtchenko. Primula fedtschenkoi (Regel) was named after him in 1875.,[4] Bambusa fecunda fedtschenkoi , may have been named after him. Also a lacewing in 1875, lopezuz fedtschenkoi (MacLachlan).[5]

Works[edit]

  • 1875 Puteshestvie v Turkestan; zoogeographicheskia izledovania. Gos. izd-vo Geograficheskoi Literatury, Moskva.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Fedtschenko, Olga Alexandrowna (1845-1921)". plants.jstor.org. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Tadauchi, Osamu (30 June 2006). "The Genus Andrena from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Collected by the Kyushu University Expedition (Hymenoptera, Andrenidae) (1)" (pdf). catalog.lib.kyushu-u.ac.jp. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fedtschenko, Aleksei Pavlovich (Alexei Pawlowitsch) (1844-1873)". plants.jstor.org. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Eveleigh, Pam (2013). "Primula fedtschenkoi". primulaworld.com. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Buletin of Zoological Nomenclature" (pdf). bangor.ac.uk. March 2000. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Author Query for 'A.Fedtsch.'". International Plant Names Index. 

References[edit]

  • Robert Middleton and Huw Thomas, "Tajikistan and the High Pamirs", Odyssey Guides, 2008
  • Baker, D. B., 2004 Type material of Hymenoptera described by O. L. Radoszkowsky in the Natural History Museum, London,and the localities of A. P. Fedtschencko's Reise in Turkestan Dt. ent. Zeitschr. 51, 231-252.
  • Lohde, G. 1873 [Fedtschenko, A. P.] Berl. Ent. Ztschr. 17 236-238.
  • Mac Lachlan, R. 1973 [Fedtschenko, A. P.] Entomologist's Monthly Magazine (3) 10(1873–74)141.
  • Pesenko, Yu. A. & Astafurova, Yu. V. 2003: Annotated Bibliography of Russian and Soviet Publications on the Bees 1771 - 2002 (Hymenoptera: Apoidea; excluding Apis mellifera). Denisia 11 1-616.
  • Regel, E. 1874 [Fedtschenko, A. P.] Regel, Gartenflora 3-7, Portr.
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