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MIIGAiK President




President, twice Hero of the Soviet Union, Academician of the Russian Academy of Science, Doctor of the engineering, professor


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The President of the Moscow state university of geodesy and cartography (MIIGAiK), doctor of engineering, professor

  • Born on March 7 1940 in the Berezkiny village of Orichevsky district of Kirov region.
  • In 1969 graduated from Moscow state university of geodesy and cartography (MIIGAiK) with a degree in “Optoelectronic Devices”.
  • 1969 – 1978 - worked at Central Design Bureau for Experimental Mechanical Engineering (since 1974 - NPO Energia)
  • 1978 - 1988 - member of the USSR Cosmonaut corps
  • 1989 - 2007 – Rector of the Moscow state university of geodesy and cartography
  • 1989–1992 – USSR deputy
  • 2006–2019 – corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Science
  • 2007 till present – president of the Moscow state university of geodesy and cartography
  • 2019 till present – Academician of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS)
Viktor Savinykh is a full Knight of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland”. Viktor Savinykh was awarded three Orders of Lenin and two Stars of the Hero of the Soviet Union for his space flights, and Order of Honor, the Medal “For merits in the Space exploration”, Golden Medal of the USSR Academy of Science named by K.E. Tsiolkovsky. He was also awarded other different honors and honorary titles of the USSR and Russian Federation.
Laureate of numerous state prizes of the USSR and the Russian Federation. He was awarded orders and medals of the Mongolian People's Republic, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Bulgarian People's Republic, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Republic of Cuba.
Viktor Savinykh is well-known scientist-researcher in the country and abroad, pilot-cosmonaut of the USSR, head of the geodesy section of the NGK RAS, national representative of the Russian Federation in the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), chief editor / member of editorial board of social, political and scientific magazines: "Russian Space", "Geodesy and Cartography", "Geodesy and Aerial Photography" and others, member of the Academic and Expert Councils of the Russian Geographical Society, member of the Russian Union of Philatelists (RUP), honorary member of the D. S. Rozhdestvensky Optical Society.
Viktor Savinykh is a scientist and researcher in the field of development of remote sensing methods and use of space tools for environmental and natural-resource purposes. He is an author of many scientific works, including monographs and textbooks, is co-author of many geographical atlases. He published over 150 scientific articles. In 2008 he edited a unique reference book "Encyclopedia of Geodesy, Cartography, Geoinformatics and Cadastre". He is an author of Illustrated Cartographic Encyclopedia – “Atlas of Russia".