Merited Inventor of the USSR
Obverse of the chest badge
"Merited Inventor of the USSR"
|Awarded by |
|Eligibility||Citizens of the Soviet Union|
|Awarded for||Excellent inventions|
|Status||No longer awarded|
|Established||December 28, 1981|
The Honorary Title "Merited Inventor of the USSR" (Russian : Заслуженный изобретатель СССР) was a state award of the Soviet Union established on December 28, 1981 by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet № 6277-X to recognise and reward innovations in technology. Its statute was later confirmed on August 22, 1988 by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet № 9441-XI. It ceased to be awarded following the December 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union and was replaced in 1992 by the Honorary Title "Merited Inventor of the Russian Federation".
The Honorary Title "Merited Inventor of the USSR" was awarded by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet to the authors of inventions, for opening new avenues in the development of engineering and technology, or that had a particularly important economic value.
The Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR was the main conferring authority of the award based on recommendations from the State Committee for Inventions and Discoveries of the USSR and the Central Council of the All-Union Society of Inventors and Innovators.
The chest badge (medal) "Merited Inventor of the USSR" was worn on the right side of the chest and in the presence of other awards of the USSR, placed above them.If worn with honorary titles of the Russian Federation, the latter have precedence.
The "Merited Inventor of the USSR" chest badge was a 30mm in diameter gold-plated tombac circular medal. On its obverse, a red enamelled five pointed star over a hammer and sickle and gears, the upper tip of the sickle becoming a missile in flight arcs around the right side of the star to a point at its upper left. Following the left, top and right medal circumference, the relief inscription "Merited Inventor" (Russian : Заслуженный изобретатель), near the bottom, a red enamelled rectangle bearing the gilt inscription "USSR" (Russian : CCCP). On the otherwise plain reverse, the relief inscription ""Merited inventor of the USSR - creator of scientific and technological progress" (Russian : "Заслуженный изобретатель СССР - творец научно-технического прогресса").
The medal was secured to a gilt tombac 24,5mm wide x 16mm high rectangular mount by a ring through the suspension loop. The mount was covered by a scarlet silk moiré ribbon. A gilt tombac laurel branch was affixed to the ribbon.
The Honorary Title "Merited Inventor of the USSR" was awarded a total of sixteen times, below is the complete list of recipients.