Vladimir V. Kavrayskiy

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Kavrayskiy
Born(1884-04-22)22 April 1884
Zherebyatnikovo, Simbirsk Governorate, Russian Empire
Died 26 April 1954(1954-04-26) (aged 70)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Citizenship Soviet
Scientific career
Fields Geodesy, astronomy, cartography

Vladimir Vladimirovich Kavrayskiy (Russian: Владимир Владимирович Каврайский; 1884–1954) was a Soviet geodesist and cartographer.


Scientific research

In 1939, Vladimir V. Kavrayskiy invented the Kavrayskiy VII projection. [1]

Kavrayskiy VII projection

The Kavrayskiy VII projection is a map projection invented by Soviet cartographer Vladimir V. Kavrayskiy in 1939 for use as a general purpose pseudocylindrical projection. Like the Robinson projection, it is a compromise intended to produce good quality maps with low distortion overall. It scores well in that respect compared to other popular projections, such as the Winkel Tripel, despite straight, evenly spaced parallels and a simple formulation. Regardless, it has not been widely used outside the former Soviet Union.

Kavrayskiy produced a lifetime of scientific works devoted to the solution of navigation problems.

Navigation The process of monitoring and controlling the movement of a craft or vehicle from one place to another

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Kavrayskiy Hills in the Antarctic are named after him.

The Kavrayskiy Hills are a line of mostly ice-covered coastal hills in Antarctica, rising south of Rennick Bay and along the west side of the lower end of Rennick Glacier. They were charted by the Soviet Antarctic Expedition (1958) and named after Vladimir V. Kavrayskiy, a Soviet geodesist and cartographer.

Antarctic region around the Earths South Pole

The Antarctic is a polar region around the Earth's South Pole, opposite the Arctic region around the North Pole. The Antarctic comprises the continent of Antarctica, the Kerguelen Plateau and other island territories located on the Antarctic Plate or south of the Antarctic Convergence. The Antarctic region includes the ice shelves, waters, and all the island territories in the Southern Ocean situated south of the Antarctic Convergence, a zone approximately 32 to 48 km wide varying in latitude seasonally. The region covers some 20 percent of the Southern Hemisphere, of which 5.5 percent is the surface area of the Antarctic continent itself. All of the land and ice shelves south of 60°S latitude are administered under the Antarctic Treaty System. Biogeographically, the Antarctic ecozone is one of eight ecozones of the Earth's land surface.

A Dobrynya Nikitich class oceanographic research ship has been named after him. [2]

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  2. Norman Polmar; United States Naval Institute (October 1991). The Naval Institute guide to the Soviet Navy. Naval Institute Press. pp. 294–. ISBN   978-0-87021-241-3 . Retrieved 14 November 2011.