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ArticleName Two dynasties of mining engineers: the Beloglazovs and the Thiemes — two branches of the same family — for a century and a half serving the Mining University
DOI 10.17580/tsm.2023.07.12
ArticleAuthor Goncharova M. V., Mikhaylova M. S.

Saint Petersburg M ining University, Saint Petersburg, Russia:

M. V. Goncharova, Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages, Candidate of Philology Sciences, e-mail:
M. S. Mikhaylova, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Foreign Languages, e-mail:


Throughout the history of its existence, the Saint Petersburg Mining University has nurtured a whole galaxy of remarkable scientists who determined the evolution of the mining and processing industry in our country for many centuries. This paper is devoted to two dynasties of mining engineers that merged together — the Thiemes and the Beloglazovs. For more than a century and a half, members of this family studied and worked at the Mining Institute while building a scientific base for the raw materials industry. The Thiemes’ and the Beloglazovs’ contribution to science is truly enormous; it includes a great number of research papers in the fields of mathematics, analytical mechanics, mine surveying, metal- and woodworking, chemical technology, metallurgy, automation of processes and production lines, nanotechnology. Five generations of this dynasty devoted themselves to the mining science. G. A. Thieme, I. A. Thieme, K. F. Beloglazov, I. N. Beloglazov – these names are known far beyond their alma mater. Thus, for example, I.A. Thieme was actively involved in the construction of the Lugansk and Lisichansk plants. He is also considered the founder of the Russian science of wood and metal cutting. K. F. Beloglazov was awarded the Stalin Prize for the development of methods for recovering non-ferrous and noble metals from sulfides of copper-nickel ores. He was also one of the founders of the mechanical mineral processing institute MEKhANOBR. I.N. Beloglazov, heir to both branches of the remarkable dynasty, worked at the Mining University all his life, leaving a heritage of more than 400 scientific papers on metallurgy, chemical technology, nanotechnology, and automation.

keywords G. A. Thieme, I. A. Thieme, K. F. Beloglazov, I. N. Beloglazov, mining dynasties of Russia, metallurgy, Nickel Group, history of the Mining Institute, nanotechnology

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