Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to name the Tomsk airport after a Soviet aerospace engineer, legendary helicopter builder and alumnus of Tomsk Technological Institute (now TPU) Nikolay Kamov. In 2018, Tomsk residents participated in a popular vote to choose the name of Nikolay Kamov for the Tomsk airport in the framework of the project Great Names of Russia. The project included 47 Russian airports. About 70 thousands of people took part in the vote for choosing the airport name. Most of them supported the candidate of aircraft designer Nikolay Kamov. It is noteworthy that the new name will entail no change in the airport’s legal name, its international aviation code, nor will it require any changes in official registers.
2018 marked exactly 100 years since the enrollment of the outstanding Soviet aircraft designer Nikolay Kamov in Tomsk Technological Institute (TTI, current TPU). He was 16 years old and became the youngest university student. He studied at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering from 1918 to 1923, was fond of aviation, and was an active participant in the aviation student club. Kamov graduated from the Institute with honors, entering the history of the University as the youngest student, graduate, and engineer.
A marble plaque in memory of Nikolay Kamov is located on Building No.4 of Tomsk Polytechnic University.
By the way, thanks to Kamov the word ‘vertolet’ (helicopter – in Russian) appeared in the Russian language and became well-known in 1929.
Photo: Nikolay Urvantsev
Residents from the city of Norilsk also chose TPU alumnus Nikolay Urvantsev to name their airport. Geologist Nikolay Urvantsev founded Norilsk, mapped the Taimyr Peninsula, and explored the Northern Land. He is a famous Arctic researcher, a doctor of sciences in geology and mineralogy, Honored Scientist and Technician of the RSFSR.
Nikolay Urvantsev entered the mechanical department of Tomsk Technological Institute, and later was transferred to the mining department. He graduated from the Institute in 1918, went to work at the Siberian Geological Committee and a year later was sent to the area of the future Norilsk to explore coal.
In 1920, the expedition led by Urvantsev discovered a rich coal deposit in the west of the Taimyr Peninsula in the area of the river Norilskaya. In 1921, the richest deposit of copper-nickel ores with a high content of platinum was discovered there. In the same year, Urvantsev explored all the environs of the future Norilsk and compiled a detailed map of the area.