Professor Doctor Alexei Yu. Rozanov (born in 1936),
Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS),
Member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Director of the Palaeontological Institute
Vice-president of the International Paleontological Association;
Vice-president of the Russian Paleontological Society;
Deputy Chairman of the Interdepartmental Stratigraphic Committee of Russia;
Deputy Chairman of the Academic Council on Problems of the
paleobiology and organic world evolution of the RAS;
Deputy Chairman of the Museum Council of the RAS;
Chairman of the International Cambrian Stratigraphy Commission (1984-94);
Member of the Board of the International Geological Correlation
Program IUGS-UNESCO (1990-94);
Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Paleontological Journal of the RAS;
Editorial Board of several scientific journals, etc.
Member of the Paleontological Society of the US, as well as several
others societies of the US, France, and Australia.
Author of more than 250 publications, including 21 monographs,
many of which have been published in English.
Married to Mrs. Nataliya E. Rozanova (born in 1950)
Deputy Director of the Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry
Leaving aside all of Dr. Alexei Rozanov's numerous scientific accomplishments,
his lasting legacy might be the fact that through all the turmoil of the break-up of
the Soviet Union, he alone among all the Directors of Institutes of the Russian Academy
of Sciences was able to keep his (100+ staff) institute intact. This incredible collection of
world-renowned scientists still functions today as one of the largest (if not the largest)
paleontological institutes in the world.
Dr. Rozanov's first specialty were the so-called "shelly" fossils of which he postulated
and then demonstrated the existence. Moving right along, he developed a keen interest
in the Pre-Cambrian/Cambrian Boundary and became a renowned specialist in
early bacteria. This interest produced a serendipitous effect.
Dr. Richard Hoover of NASA was following some leads regarding bacteria in extra-terrestrial meteorites. He was casually referred to the work of Dr. Rozanov.
From this has bloomed a collaboration with Dr. Rozanov, Dr. Hoover and
Dr. McKay also of NASA (of "Martian microbes in meteorites" fame).
From various samples of the Murchison and Efemenko meteorites, they have
isolated samples that are uncannily similar to biotic structures which Dr. Rozanov has
illuminated in his studies of early life on Earth. Furthermore, they have been able to
demonstrate these specimens have not been compromised by contamination.
For an example of Dr. Rozanov's work click this text.