Georgy Beriev

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Georgy Mikhailovich Beriev
Born February 13, 1903
Tbilisi, Tiflis Governorate, Russian Empire
Died July 12, 1979(1979-07-12) (aged 76)
Moscow, USSR
Nationality Soviet Union, Georgian
Engineering career
Engineering discipline Aeronautical Engineering
Employer(s) Beriev design bureau
Significant design Be-6, Be-12

Georgy Mikhailovich Beriev (Beriashvili) (Russian: Георгий Михайлович Бериев Georgij Michajlovič Beriev; Georgian: გიორგი მიხეილის ძე ბერიაშვილი Giorgi Mikheilis Dze Beriashvili; February 13, 1903 – July 12, 1979), founded the Soviet Union's Beriev Design Bureau in Taganrog, which concentrated on amphibious aircraft.

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Beriev was born in Tiflis in the Tiflis Governorate (present day Tbilisi, Georgia) of the Russian Empire. Of ethnic Georgian origin, his antecedents are uncertain, and it is not known when his family name was Russified from Beriashvili to Beriev.

After graduating from the railway school in Tbilisi in 1923, he attended the School of Shipbuilding Engineering at the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute (now Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University), and graduated with an engineering degree in 1930. He worked as an aircraft designer at the Central Design Office "WR Menzhinsky", where he developed the Beriev MBR-2 seaplane. From October 1934 to 1968, he ran the Central Design Office for marine aircraft in Taganrog, where he developed numerous successful, and often unique, amphibious aircraft designs.

In 1947 he was awarded the Stalin Prize for his work on the Be-6. He was also twice awarded the Order of Lenin and twice the Order of the Red Banner of Labour. In 1968, for the Be-12 (1968) design, he was awarded the USSR State Prize.

After retirement, he moved to Moscow and died in 1979.

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