Kalitkin Ivan Mikhailovich 
(1907–07.10.1988)


Arctic topographer, hydrograph, honorary polar explorer. 
Born in the village of Pervitino, Kuznetsovsky District, Moscow Province, in a peasant family. In 1928 he received a secondary education in Vyshny Volochyok, worked as a bookkeeper, studied building construction. 
In 1929, Kalitkin entered the Leningrad Topographic Technical School, and was trained in Kazakhstan and the Urals. After receiving a specialty technician-topographer, he began working in the Northern Geodesic Trust in Arkhangelsk as part of an expedition that made a topographic and geodetic survey at Pechora. 
In 1933, he was recalled to the Northern Hydrographic Expedition of the State Naval Unit for participation in the hydrographic survey of the Kola Bay, and in 1934 he began his service in the State Institute of Civil Aviation, which lasted until retirement. 
In the pre-war years in the record of Kalitkin, he participated in numerous Arctic expeditions, starting with a survey of the western part of the Kara Sea under the direction of SS. Ruzova and V.I. Vorobyov. For two seasons, they carried out measurements from boats and rented vessels. Then he led the hydrographic party in the Matochkin Strait, in 1939 led the expedition on the icebreaker steamer Sadko. 
Kalitkin was among those first hydrographers who, starting from 1936, began to conduct surveying using radio distance meters introduced into the hydrographic survey of the Arctic seas by A.P. Yushchenko. 
He also spent the war years in the Arctic: he led the Khatanga Pilot Station, headed the hydroorder at Nerpa. 
During the years 1947-1950. Kalitkin worked as head of the Arkhangelsk hydro base, and then was seconded to study at the Academy of the Navy. In the post-academic period, he served as head of the navigation fencing department, and since 1955, after the reorganization of the State Administration, he became the Deputy Chief of the State Enterprise GUSMP. He retired in 1971. 
Kalitkin’s contribution to Arctic hydrographic research was awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor, the Medal For Labor Valor, and departmental awards. 
He died in Leningrad. He was buried in the cemetery of the village of Krasnaya Gorka in the Leningrad Region. 
An island in Basova Bay off the east coast of the northern island of Novaya Zemlya. The name was given in 1936 by S.D. 
Lappo.

 

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