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Shafik Chokin

28 August 2009 16:22
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Shafik Chokin

Chokin Shafik (October 1, 1912 - July 4, 2003) is the most recognized Kazakh scientist of energy sector. Doctor of Sciences, Professor. Founder of Kazakh Scientific Research Institute of Energy. Deputy of The Supreme Soviet of the USSR, associate of the chairman of Soviet of the Union chamber. President of Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences.

Shafik Chokin was born on 1st of October 1912 in Bayanaul District, in Pavlodar Province in a poor family. His father died in 1918, so Shafik was brought up by his older brother Riza Chokin. He got his education in Omsk Agricultural Institute. After graduation in 1937 he worked in the Kazakh Trust of Agricultural Electrification. He made a successful career there rising up to the position of a deputy director. In 1943 he was invited by Kanysh Satpayev to become the chairman of the energy sector of Kazakh Branch of Academy of Sciences of USSR. A year later, in 1944, on the base of the sector Chokin established Kazakh Scientific Research Institute of Energy and was its director till 1989. During Chokin's directorship the institute became one of the most recognized scientific research organizations of energy sector in USSR. From 1954 to 1968 he was a member of Presidium of Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences. In 1964, after the death of Kanysh Satpayev, Chokin was elected as the President of the Academy and occupied this position till 1967. During his presidency he was also elected as a deputy of The Supreme Soviet of the USSR and appointed as an associate of the chairman of Soviet of the Union chamber. From 1966 to 1971Chokin was a member of Central Committee of Communist Party of Kazakhstan.

On 14th of June 1988 by the collective decision of Ministry of Energy and Electrification of USSR and the Presidium of Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences Chokin was appointed as an honorary director of Kazakh Scientific Research Institute of Energy. On 30th of September 1992 by the decision of the Board of Ministers of the Republic of Kazakhstan, when academician was alive, Kazakh Scientific Research Institute of Energy was given the name of Shafik Chokin.

In 1996 President Nursultan Nazarbayev awarded Shafik Chokin "National Hero" award, the highest honor for Kazakhstani citizens.

Source: "Historical Figures" book


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