Science: Eskimos, Sheep, Termites

The beard of Otto Tulyevich Schmidt became the most famed in all Russia, and his fame the most glamorous when he and his party of 101 were airplane-rescued from the ice-sunk Chelyuskin (TIME, April 13, 1934). Subsequently he almost died of pneumonia. Last week, hale & hearty, this editor of the Soviet Encyclopedia and Chief of the Great Northern Sea Route Administration was back in Leningrad after an air tour of Polar settlements. The ecstasy he offered to eager Communists this time was an elaborate scheme for civilizing their blubber-munching Eskimos.

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