Russiam geologist, paleontologist, geographer, academic and science-fiction writer; he participated in the Trans-Siberian railway planning and was the first dean of the Mining Department at the Tomsk Institute of Technology.
Vladimir Obruchev was born in the Tver Region in the family of the retired colonel, whose sister was married to the physiologist Ivan Sechenov.
After graduating at the Petersburg Mining Institute he went on an expedition to the Central Asia. During the expeditions Obruchev discovered several ranges in the Nan Shan mountains, the ranges Daursky and Borshchovochny, explored the Bei Shan highland. He also took part in the fourth expedition of Grigory Potanin.
Obruchev was the first full time geographist in Siberia. He studied glaciation and permafrost in Siberia, its tectonic framework and gold fields.
Obruchev planned the entire structure of the future TPU Mining building and was the dean of the department for eleven years. Then he moved to Simferopol and became the professor in the Taurida National University, later he moved to Moscow to become the professor of the Moscow Mining Academy. In 1947 he became the president of the Soviet Geographical Society (currently the Russian Geographical Society).
The most known Obruchev’s science-fiction books are the “Sannikov Land” and the “Travel to the past and the future”.
On 5th September 2010, as a part of the opening ceremony for the second series of the Architectural and Landscape Complex “The Alley of Geologists”, there was unveiled the monument of Obruchev Vladimir Afanasyevich.