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Russian Technical Society

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RUSSIAN TECHNICAL SOCIETY, the leading scientific and technical society of Russia founded in St. Petersburg in 1866 in order to contribute to the development of domestic technology and industry. Between the late 19th and the early 20th centuries, it was situated in Solyanoy Settlement at 2 Panteleymonovskaya Street (today, Pestelya Street). The society conducted joint research, arranged technical congresses, lectures, courses, and exhibitions, and took part in international congresses and conferences. It was joined by such scientists as A. M. Butlerov, D. I. Mendeleev, A. N. Krylov, N. P. Petrov, A. S. Popov, N. E. Zhukovsky, P. N. Yablochkov, et al. By 1917, it numbered over 10,000 people and had over 40 local branches and 16 specialised departments including for technology and metallurgy, mechanics and mechanical technology, building and mining, photography, electrical engineering, and aeronautics. The society conducted active education work and arranged trade and specialised schools such as a foremen's school, electrical engineering school, and printing school, as well as general education schools for workers' children totalling more than 30 educational institutions in St. Petersburg. It published Notes and specialised journals such as Elektrichestvo, Fotograf, Zheleznodorozhnoe Delo, and Tekhnika Vozdukhoplavania from 1867. In 1923, the society approved a new charter and drew up its program On Primary Industrial Needs. It was closed in 1929, various scientific and technical societies were established in its place in 1931.

Reference: Кричко В. А. Продолжая традиции: К 125-летию Рус. Техн. о-ва. М., 1991.

O. N. Ansberg.

Butlerov Alexander Mikhailovich
Krylov Alexander Nikolaevich
Mendeleev Dmitry Ivanovich
Petrov Nikolay Pavlovich
Popov A.A.
Yablochkov Pavel Nikolaevich
Zhukovsky Nikolay Egorovich

Pestelya St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 2

Кричко В. А. Продолжая традиции: К 125-летию Рус.техн. о-ва. М., 1991

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Solyanoy Settlement