Russian Journal of Maline Biology. VoL 26, No. 4, 2000, p. 305. Original Russian Text Copyright 9 2000 by Biologiya Morya, Cherbadzhi. MARINE BIOLOGISTS The life of M.V. Propp, doctor of biological sci- Many of the underwater research methods Propp ences, professor, and deserved scholar of science of the developed, and the results he obtained, are now fea- Russian Federation reflects the history of scuba tured in textbooks and manuals on hydrobiology. His research in the country. He has worked in the depths of monograph Ecology of Coastal Bottom Communities has become crucial to scientists working in the field of all five world oceans and was directly involved in the most significant discoveries in domestic marine biol- benthic community ecology in Russia. Many of us have discovered this underwater world for ourselves thanks ogy. The approaches and research methods of Propp were always marked with originality and boldness, to his book With Scuba Gear in Antarctica, published in which often led to unexpected results and to the cre- Leningrad in 1968. ation of new fields and schools. In the troubled times of Propp published the results of his studies of tropical total obscurantism and mercantilism, when to lie was ecosystems in domestic and international journals, and the norm, Mikhail Vladimirovich served as an example in his excellent book The World of Corals (Gidrome- in the service of Science and Truth; he was always teoizdat, 1985), written with D.V. Naumov and uncompromisingly honest, and the history of his life S.N. Rybakov. Numerous underwater photographs, deserves the attention of the scientific community. some taken by Propp, illustrate the book, not only deco- rating it, but also carrying relevant scientific information. In his popular-science book In the Depths of Five Oceans, Mikhail Vladimirovich attempted to realize his place in science and the place of science in his life, and showed through the adventures of his life the inherent logic of various stages of underwater research and the severe constraints of development on the personality of the explorer. This book he devoted "To all those who dived. To all those who did not make it out of the water. To all those who waited" These books and the of hundreds scientific papers written by Propp have helped to guide our lives and those of our children, and have helped us to learn the pleasure of creativity. I hope that they will also open the severe but beautiful underwater world to our grandchil- dren. The scientific community has shown its apprecia- tion of the merits of Propp and his influence on the development of domestic and world science by honor- ing him with the rank of Deserved Scholar of Science of the Russian Federation. Those who wish to be acquainted with the biogra- phy of Mikhail Vladimirovich and to learn more about the history of underwater research in Russia are advised to read the paper "M.V. Propp, Forty Years of Underwa- ter Research" published in the Bulletin of the Far East Division of Russian Academy of Science, 2000, no. 2. M.V. Propp (the 1980s). I.I. Cherbadzhi 9 2000 MAIK "Nauka/lnterperiodica" 1063-0740/00/2604-0305525.00
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