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31.08.2017 Petr Petrovich Gambaryan, 92, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017

April 18, 1925 - August 31, 2017


A remarkable man and an outstanding scientist, lead researcher at Zoological Institute RAS, PhD Biological Sciences, Professor Petr Petrovich Gambaryan sadly passed away on August 31, 2017.

From his early years Petr Petrovich was very passionate about zoology, which, in combination with his extraordinary energetic personality, made him a good zoologist even at school.

Most of Peter Petrovich's life was intertwined with the Zoological Institute, where he conducted his research for more than 50 years. Since 1984, he served aswas the permanent head of the functional morphology department at the Laboratory of Theriology. Petr Petrovich has always been an inexhaustible generator of ideas, an indefatigable field researcher and inspirer of youth. During his life he published more than 120 scientific works. The monograph "Mammals Run" was translated into English in 1976 and brought him fame in the West long before the author himself was able to go abroad. His comparative morpho-functional studies cover the widest spectrum of mammalian forms and address a wide range of problems of their adaptive evolution. However, he never changed the focus of his studies, a subject to which his youthful interest had not dwindled until the last days. This subject - the musculature of mammals - allowed him to know the functions and realization of digging, running, swimming ...

Petr Petrovich was always distinguished by innate nobility, spiritual warmth and benevolence towards people around him. Unusual enthusiasm, indomitable energy and temperament invariably attracted young people to him. His numerous students, graduate students and trainees among themselves call themselves "gambaryanoids”. His enthusiasm was infectious even to those who barely knew him.

This year Peter Petrovich was in a hurry to finish his new book on the burrowing activity of mammals, summing up almost eighty years of work on the dissection of the most diverse representatives of all groups of monotremes, marsupials and placentals. He hoped that when he published this book, he would send a copy to his colleagues in Australia, and duly impressed with this work, they will send him new moles to dissect ...


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