Aleksander Czekanowski

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Aleksander Piotr Czekanowski (12 February 1833 – 30 October 1876) was a Polish geologist and explorer of Siberia.[1][2]

Czekanowski was born in Kremenets, Russian Empire, now in Ukraine, and died in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire. He participated in the January Uprising (1863), in the aftermath of which he was exiled to Siberia by the Russian authorities.[1] He took part in and later led several expeditions, surveying and mapping the geology of Eastern Siberia. He was released from exile in 1875, and in 1876 took up the post of custodian in the Mineralogical Museum of the Academy of Sciences.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1870 he received a gold medal from the Russian Geographical Society. He also received a medal in 1875 from the International Geographical Congress in Paris for his mapping of Eastern Siberia.

His name was given to a mountain range in Siberia, the Czekanowski Mountain Range (Russian: Чекановского Кряж).


  1. ^ a b Mayer, W.; Clary, R.M.; Azuela, L.F.; Mota, T.S.; Wolkowicz, S., eds. (2017). History of Geoscience: Celebrating 50 Years of INHIGEO. Geological Society of London. pp. 377–378. ISBN 978-1786202697.
  2. ^ Forsyth, James (1994). History of the Peoples of Siberia: Russia's North Asian Colony 1581-1990. Cambridge University Press. p. 194. ISBN 0-521-47771-9.


Stanislaw, Czarniecki (1970–80). "Czekanowski, Aleksander Piotr". Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 3. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 529–530. ISBN 978-0-684-10114-9.