Sergei Iakovlevich Zhuk

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Zhuk, Sergei Iakovlevich


Born Mar. 23 (Apr. 4), 1892, in Kiev; died Mar. 1, 1957, in Moscow. Soviet hydraulic engineer, academician of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1953), major general of the engineering and technical service, Hero of Socialist Labor (1952), member of the CPSU from 1942.

In 1917, Zhuk was graduated from the Institute of Railroad Engineers, situated in Petrograd. In 1942 he became head of Gidroproekt (the Ail-Union Project, Surveying, and Scientific Research Institute), which in 1957 was named after him. He directed the surveying, scientific research, planning, and construction for many very large hydroengineering structures: the Moscow Canal, the Volga-Don Complex (ship canal, Tsimliansk Hydroelectric Power Plant, and irrigation of land in Rostov Oblast), the Volga-Baltic Waterway, and the Uglich, Rybinsk, V. I. Lenin, and other hydroelectric power plants on the Volga. He made a major contribution to establishment of the Soviet school of hydraulic engineering. He was a deputy to the first and fourth convocations of the Supreme Soviet, won the State Prize of the USSR twice (1950 and 1951), and was awarded three Orders of Lenin, four other orders, and medals.


“Zhuk Sergei lakovlevich.” Vestnik AN SSSR, 1954, no. 1.
“S. la. Zhuk” (obituary). Vestnik AN SSSR, 1957, no. 3.
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