Kanysh Satbayev

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Kanysh Imantayuli Satbayev (Kazakh: Қаныш Имантайұлы Сәтбаев; Russian: Каны́ш Иманта́евич Сатпа́ев) (April 11, 1899 – January 31, 1964) is one of the founders of Soviet metallogeny, principal advocate and the first president of Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences.


Satbayev was born in what is today Bayanaul District, in Pavlodar Province. Satbayev's interest in geology was sparked in childhood by Tomsk geologist Mikhail Usov. In 1921, he got admitted to Tomsk Technological Institute (now Tomsk Polytechnic University). After completing his studies in 1926, Satbayev returned to Kazakhstan and became the first qualified Kazakh mining engineer and geologist.[1]

He died in Moscow, and is buried in Almaty.


Kanysh Satbayev left after himself more than 640 scientific publications. He created Institute of Geology which became the center of studies of Kazakhstan mineral resources.

Monument in Kanysh Satpayev's honor in front of Kazakh National Technical University which was named after him

Satpayev city in Karagandy Province is named after him, as well as the Kanysh Satbayev Canal (Irtysh–Karagandy Canal), mineral Satbayevite (6Al (OH)3×3v (O2OH)×2v {O (OH)2}), Kazakh National Technical University and numerous streets and schools in Kazakhstan. One of the main-belt asteroids (2402 Satpayev (1979 OR13)) was named after Satpayev.[1]


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Preceded by
Dinmukhamed Konayev
President Kazakh Academy of Sciences
Succeeded by
Shafik Chokin
Preceded by
First president
President Kazakh Academy of Sciences
Succeeded by
Dinmukhamed Konayev