Shokin, Aleksandr Ivanovich
Born Oct. 15 (28), 1909, in Moscow. Soviet state and party figure. Twice Hero of Socialist Labor (1975,1979). Member of the CPSU since 1936.
The son of a worker, Shokin graduated from the N. E. Bau-man Moscow Higher Technical School in 1934. Between 1932 and 1938 he worked in the shipbuilding industry as a foreman, shop chief, head engineer, and head of a design project office. Between 1938 and 1943 he was chief engineer in the central boards of the People’s Commissariat of the Defense Industry and the People’s Commissariat of the Shipbuilding Industry.
Shokin was deputy minister of the communications equipment industry of the USSR from 1949 to 1953. He served as deputy minister of the radio engineering industry of the USSR in 1954 and 1955 and as first deputy minister from 1955 to 1957. From 1958 to 1961 he was first deputy chairman of the State Committee for Radio Electronics of the Council of Ministers of the USSR. He held the ministerial post of chairman of the State Committee for Electronic Technology of the Council of Ministers of the USSR from 1961 to 1963, and in 1963 he assumed the ministerial post of chairman of the State Committee for Electronic Technology of the USSR. In 1965 he was named minister of the electronics industry of the USSR.
Shokin became a candidate member of the Central Committee of the CPSU in 1961 and a member in 1966. He was a deputy to the sixth through tenth convocations of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Shokin received the State Prize of the USSR in 1952 and 1953, and he has been awarded six Orders of Lenin, three other orders, and various medals.