January 19, 1817: a group of researchers
founded the St. Petersburg Mineralogical Society (currently, the
All-Russia Mineralogical Society).
January 19, 1961: geologists M.G. Ravich and
B.I. Revnov found the first iron meteorite in the Droning Maud Land,
Antarctica, named the Lazarev (M.A. Nazarov, 1999).
January 25, 1905: the Cullinan diamond of 3106
ct, the largest stone of the kind, was found in the Premier kimberlite
January 25, 1917: Richard Gaines, an
outstanding American mineralogist was born (d. January 21, 1999).
Mineral gainessite was named after him 9see also Miner. Rec., 1991, v.
30, p. 249–250).
January 27, 1879: Pavel Petrovich Bazhov, an
author of stories and legends about Uralian diggers and miners (the
Stone Flower and other legends in the Malachite Case book) was born into
a family of Uralian mining workers and lapidists (d. 1950). See
www.bazhov.ru for his biography, photos, and stories.
January 29, 2001: the first meeting of the
Gemologist Society occurred at the Geological Department of the Moscow
State University, and the first issue of Vestnik Gemmologii [Gemological
Herald] was published.
January 31, 1910: Academician Vladimir
Ivanovich Smirnov was born (d. 1988), a geologist and specialist in
metallogeny and geology of ore deposits. Mineral vismirnovite is named
in his honor.
January 1999: the first volume of
Mineralogical Almanac, a new illustrated publication for mineralogists
and collectors, was published (Gold: nuggets of Russia by Lyudmila S.
January – February, 1970: Alexandra Rybochkina,
Mikhail Nazarov, Alexander Evseev, and other students of the Moscow
State University discovered a celestite occurrence near Shurab, North
Tajikistan; that year and later many geodes with gypsum and celestite
crystals has been found here.