In Memory of Igor' Aleksandrovich Shilov (April 9, 1921–February 13, 2001)

In Memory of Igor' Aleksandrovich Shilov (April 9, 1921–February 13, 2001) Russian Journal of Ecology, Vol. 32, No. 5, 2001, p. 368. Translated from Ekologiya, No. 5, 2001, p. 400. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2001 by The Editorial Board. CHRONICLE In Memory of Igor’ Aleksandrovich Shilov (April 9, 1921–February 13, 2001) president of the All-Russia Theriological Society, member of the Bureau of General Biology of the Rus- sian Academy of Sciences, and member of the Moscow Society of Naturalists. In total, Shilov worked as a researcher and professor for about 60 years. He pub- lished 200 works, including 10 monographs and uni- versity textbooks. Shilov’s works received general rec- ognition in Russia and were translated into several other languages. Shilov was a member of editorial boards of five Russian and foreign journals. Shilov worked much as a professor. He lectured in general biology and animal ecology and directed stu- dents’ studies on physiological ecology and practical field studies on vertebrate zoology. More than 30 can- didate and doctoral dissertations were defended under his leadership. The scope of Shilov’s interests was large and diverse. He worked on several problems of general, physiological, and population ecology of animals. His pioneering works on the ontogeny and evolution of eco- logical adaptations led to the theory of the phasic pat- Igor’ Aleksandrovich Shilov, a member of the Edi- tern of development. A series of studies on thermoreg- torial Board of Ecology, a prominent ecologist, and a ulation in birds was summarized in a monograph, world-renowned scientist, has passed away. Shilov was which was later translated into English. Shilov devel- born on April 9, 1921, in the town of Podol’sk, Moscow oped an original concept of the spatiotemporal struc- oblast. From 1939 to 1945, he served in the Red Army ture of populations and the mechanisms of population and participated in World War II. Shilov was awarded homeostasis. The results of these studies are important the Order of Great Patriotic War 2nd Class and eight for solving various problems, including control over the medals. numbers of commercially important animals, the main- In 1945, Shilov entered the Faculty of Biology and tenance of biodiversity, and the rational use of biological Soil Science of the Moscow State University, where he resources. In recent years, Shilov carried out studies on later conducted his research and taught students until the structure and mechanisms of the stability of natural the end of his life. After the postgraduate course, Shilov animal populations and their role in biological systems. defended his candidate and, later (in 1965), doctoral Shilov made a large contribution to the university dissertations. studies on the physiological ecology of animals. He From 1953 to 1960, Shilov worked at the Biological began with a practical laboratory training course on the Station of Moscow State University in Zvenigorod; ecology of terrestrial vertebrates (1961) and developed from 1960 to 1966, he was an associate professor in the it into a large, interesting, and original course. The Department of Zoology, Faculty of Biology and Soil handbook of experimental ecologists Physiological Science of the Moscow State University. In 1966, Ecology of Animals (1985) was written under Shilov’s Shilov became deputy head of the Department of Zool- creative influence. He was among the authors of the ogy of Vertebrates and General Ecology; head of the best Russian textbook on birds (1981) and the author of Laboratory of Ecology, Taxonomy, and Faunistics of a fundamentally new textbook on ecology. Each one of Amphibians, Reptiles, and Birds; and professor. his books was an event in science. Shilov’s books were highly sought after, and libraries kept waiting lists for In 1984, Shilov was elected corresponding member them. Shilov left many worthy disciples and followers. of the USSR Academy of Sciences and in 1994, mem- ber of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1990, Those who were lucky to know Igor’ Aleksandrov- Shilov was awarded the State Prize of the Soviet Union ich Shilov and work with him will always cherish his for his integrated studies of mammals. Shilov was vice- memory. 1067-4136/01/3205-0368$25.00 © 2001 MAIK ÒNauka / Interperiodica” Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

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