Dmitrii Georgievich Zhimerin

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Zhimerin, Dmitrii Georgievich


Born Oct. 12 (25), 1906, in the village of Dubki, in present-day Tula Oblast. Soviet government figure, scientist in the field of energy, cor-responding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1970). Became a member of the CPSU in 1928.

Zhimerin graduated from the Moscow Institute of Energy in 1931; he worked as an engineer and became head of the Administration of the Southern Electric Power Plants. In 1940 he became deputy people’s commissar of electric power plants of the USSR and, in 1942, people’s commissar. From 1946 to 1953 he was minister of electric power plants of the USSR. In subsequent years he held a number of responsible positions, including first vice-chairman of Gosplan (State Planning Committee) of the USSR from 1955 to 1957 and vice-chairman of Gosplan (State Planning Committee) of the RSFSR in 1957–58. Under Zhimerin’s leadership, steps were initiated to unify power systems, culminating with the creation of the Integrated European Power Grid. From 1964 to 1971, Zhimerin headed the G. M. Krzhizhanovskii State Scientific Research Energy Institute. In 1971 he became first vice-chairman of the State Committee for Science and Technology of the Council of Ministers of the USSR. He was a candidate member of the Central Committee of the CPSU (1952–61) and a deputy to the second and fourth convocations of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. He has been awarded four Orders of Lenin, the Order of the October Revolution, two other orders, and medals.


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