Aleksei Bialynitskii-Birulia

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Bialynitskii-Birulia, Aleksei Andreevich


Born Oct. 24, 1864, in Orsha District, Mogilev Province; died June 18, 1937, in Leningrad. Soviet zoologist. Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Professor at Leningrad University; senior zoologist and director of the Zoological Museum of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.

Bialynitskii-Birulia took part in an expedition to Spitsbergen in 1899, in an Arctic expedition directed by E. V. Toll’ (1900-03), and several other expeditions. He studied coelenterates, worms, crustaceans, myriopods, arachnids, birds, and mammals. He helped to form a standing committee in the Zoological Museum for the study of malarial mosquitoes; he also helped to organize an expedition to Middle Asia in 1928 that initiated comprehensive expeditionary research in the USSR on parasitology.


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