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Dr. A. Yakubov

Nature volume 150, page 87 (18 July 1942) | Download Citation



MELIK-PASHAYEV, chief geologist to the Azerbaidjan Oil Combine, has recently provided the Press Department of the Soviet Embassy in London with some interesting information concerning the career of Akhad Yakubov, vice-chairman of the Azerbaidjan Branch of the Academy of Sciences of the U. S. S. R. As a young man Yakubov's overriding aim was to master the science of geology and place his knowledge at the service of his country. More particularly was he concerned with the applications of geology to the economic exploitation of petroleum deposits. Experience as a technician in the oil fields of Baku and later at Lokbatan gave him a sure practical knowledge of the oil industry, which was implemented by his studies at Azerbaidjan Industrial Institute and at the Azerbaidjan branch of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, where he took his doctor's degree in geological and mineral sciences with honours. While in charge of oil extraction at a new field which was being developed on the slopes of Lokbatan mud volcano, Yakubov became convinced of the fallacy of the them widely held belief that mud volcanoes were incompatible with oil-bearing strata.

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