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Chilingar Named Honorary Professor of Russian Oil and Gas University

April 22, 2008 —

Professor Emeritus George V. Chilingar has been named an honorary professor of the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow.

Chilingar was named for his significant contributions in the area of oil and gas field development, his scholarly achievements and many written articles and textbooks in the field of modern oil and gas technologies.

Professor Emeritus George Chilingar, left, is named honorary professor of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow by the university's rector, A. I. Vladimirov, right.

“We know you as a famous specialist in the area of oil and gas field development, great scientist and professor, the author of many remarkable monographies and textbooks in the field of modern oil and gas technologies, including those published in Russia,” wrote A. I. Vladimirov, rector of the university, in his congratulatory letter to Chilingar.

“Your scientifically public work and cooperation with Russian experts and scientists is greatly appreciated,” his letter continued. “You have created and successfully supervised the American branch of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.  Besides, you are a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.”

The Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas is a research center of oil and gas higher education of the Russian Federation.  Founded in 1930 by Russian geologist and academician Ivan M. Gubkin, the university has developed a wide research capacity, which has led to the development of many new methods of exploration, production, transportation, refining and processing of hydrocarbons.

After more than 60 years at USC, Chilingar, born in the former Soviet Union to Russian and Armenian parents, has an overwhelming collection of awards and memorabilia from the university, including many teaching awards. They include USC’s Teaching Excellence Award (1969), the Distinguished Service Award from Archimedes Circle (1974) and the Academic Senate’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award (2007).  

His medals include numerous honors from foreign governments, including the Gold Medal of Honor from the Russian Academy of Sciences, the White Elephant Medal from the King of Thailand, and the Knight of Arts and Sciences Medal of Honor from Russia.

In 1993, Chilingar became the first American petroleum geologist to be elected to the 275-year-old Russian Academy of Sciences. He is also currently president of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, U.S. branch, and for the past 20 years, has been the honorary consul of Honduras.

Chilingar was recognized for his accomplishments at the 62nd scientific student conference, “Oil and Gas 2008,” held in April at the Gubkin Russian State University.