Mesyatsev Ivan Illarionovich
A zoologist and oceanologist, in the early years of Soviet power,
organized the research work of floating laboratories, created a
scientific school of Soviet oceanologists, headed large marine
Born in the Krasnodar Territory, early became an orphan.
After graduating from the Vladikavkaz Gymnasium, he entered the
St. Petersburg Institute of Technology.
Vigorous revolutionary activity prevented him from learning - he
was arrested four times.
In 1909, he was denied access to metropolitan institutions, and
he continued his studies in the natural department of Moscow State
One of the practices took place in Aleksandrovsk-on-Murman (now
Polar), where he worked at a biological station.
In 1912 he graduated from the University in
and from that period he established two hobbies: field research and
experimentation in the field of cytology, histology, and embryology.
Becoming an assistant at the Department of Zoology at Moscow
University, he was engaged in research and teaching.
After the revolution,
returned to the problems of the North.
He was one of the initiators of the creation and the first
director of the Plavmornin Committee (now the All-Russian Institute
of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography).
In 1921 he organized and led an oceanological expedition in the
Barents Sea on the icebreaker ship
Much effort was made by
to create a special vessel for ocean research.
This ship was the famous
In the 1920s not a single undertaking in the sea fishery managed
without the participation of Mesyatsev.
He led many campaigns on the Perseus: to the New Land and the
Land of Franz-Joseph, to the Barents and Kara Seas.
became a professor and director of the State Oceanographic
Institute, initiated the creation of two of its branches: in
Arkhangelsk and Kandalaksha.
He was a general scientist.
He studied amoeba and mollusks, the fauna of Baikal and the
Caspian Sea, was a morphologist, anatomist, histologist,
embryologist, ichthyologist and oceanographer, and to all this - an
In the last years of his short life, Months headed the department
of zoology at the Moscow City Pedagogical Institute and the
Department of Darwinism at the State Pedagogical Institute.
He died in Moscow, buried in the
wall of the
Cape in the north of the island of
Eva Liv in the group of islands of White Land north of Franz Josef
Named by cartographers in the 1950s.
Eva Liv Island.
In the background you can see the peninsula with Cape
(photo by N. M. Stolbov)
On September 7, 2018 the Arctic expedition team on the yacht
"Alter Ego" discovered that Cape
Mesyatsev is an island separated from the island of Eva-Liv by a
It is proposed to call this strait by the name of the
pioneering vessel - Alter Ego.