Vasiliy Grabin

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Vasiliy Gavrilovich Grabin
Image of commemorative stamped envelope featuring an image of Grabin and the ZiS-3 cannon
Stamped envelope issued to commemorate 110th birth anniversary of Vasily Grabin. Russian Post, 2010.
Native name Василий Гаврилович Грабин
Born (1900-01-09)January 9, 1900
Died April 18, 1980(1980-04-18) (aged 80)
Korolyov, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Occupation Artillery designer
Known for Designing the 76 mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3)

Vasiliy Gavrilovich Grabin (9 January 1900 – 18 April 1980, Russian: Василий Гаврилович Грабин) was a Soviet artillery designer. He led a design bureau (TsAKB) at Joseph Stalin Factory No. 92 in Gorky (Nizhny Novgorod).

Grabin was chief designer of ZiS-3, the 76.2 mm (3.00 in) divisional field gun, which was the most numerous cannon of World War II (over 103,000 cannons were built).

Grabin was the first who used ergonomics in cannon construction (before the word ergonomics appears). In the 1930s he used physiologist consultation to optimize the design of cannons.

Further reading[edit]

Широкорад А.Б., Гений советской артиллерии: Триумф и трагедия В. Грабина, ООО «Издательство АСТ», 2003, 429 pp., ISBN 5-17-019107-3.