The hunt for northern black gold

Robert Nigmatulin
Director, P.P. Shirsov Institute of Oceanology,
Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences

1940 - Born in Moscow
1963 - Receives his MS in mechanical engineering, Bauman Technical University, Moscow
1963 - Junior Researcher, Institute of Mechanics, Moscow State University
1965 - Receives his MS in applied mathematics and mechanics, Moscow State University
1967 - Receives his PhD in physics and mathematics, Moscow State University
1970 - Senior Researcher, Institute of Mechanics, Moscow State University
1971 - Receives his doctorate in physics and mathematics, Moscow State University
1974 - Professor and scientific chief of laboratory, Institute of Mechanics, Moscow State University
1986 - Professor and Chairman, Department of Mechanics, Tyumen University
1990 - Director, Tyumen Institute of Mechanics of Multiphase Systems, Siberian branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Tyumen
1991 - Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences
1993 - Visiting scholar and professor, Centre for Multiphase Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, U.S.
1999 - State Duma Deputy and Chairman, Highest Ecology Council, Moscow
1993 - President, Ufa branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ufa
2006 - Presidium Member, Russian Academy of Sciences, Director, P.P. Shirsov Institute of Oceanology, Scientidic Chief, Institute of Mechanics, Ufa Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences

An EU report on climate change says melting polar ice caps may increase the accessibility of the enormous resources of the Arctic. European governments have been told to plan for the era of conflicts over the vast mineral riches of the region. What are Russia’s ambitions in the Arctic and is a war for the northern oil and gas unavoidable? The man to answer those questions is the Director of the Moscow-based Shirsov Institute of Oceanology, Academic Robert Nigmatulin.