ISSN 1063-0740, Russian Journal of Marine Biology, 2006, Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 71–73. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2006.
Original Russian Text © A.L. Drozdov, 2006, published in Biologiya Morya.
Vladimir Leonidovich Kas’yanov (January 4, 1940–
October 1, 2005) was born in Leningrad (now
St. Petersburg) into the family of a naval ofﬁcer. During
his last years, his father, Leonid Pavlovich, at the rank
of Captain, was Head of a Department in a Navy
School. However, his son preferred not to go into mili-
tary service, but entered the Biological Department of
Leningrad State University (LSU) planning to deal with
the biological sciences. Kas’yanov’s choice was greatly
affected by the fact that close to their house was an out-
standing secondary school, where from 1856 to 1918
there had been a popular educational institution, the
Gymnasium and Modern Secondary School of K.I. Mai.
Among the graduates of the gymnasium, there were
many outstanding people: artists, writers, physicists,
biologists, mathematicians, teachers, statesmen, and
political leaders. This famous school, located on the
14th Line of Vasil’evskii Island, was where Kas’yanov
went to school.
In the Biological Department of LSU, Kas’yanov
decided to specialize in the Division of Embryology,
headed by Prof. Boris Petrovich Tokin. By that time
(1957), Tonkin was already a rather well-known scien-
tist with an eventful biography. He had enough time to
be, for certain time, the Commander of a Special Forces
regiment; to work as a head of Department in the Sec-
Academician Vladimir Leonidovich Kas’yanov
Vladimir Leonidovich Kas’yanov.