Boris Vilkitskiy (1885 – 1961), Russian sailor and explorer, landsurveyor. He was a graduate of the Naval College and Emperor Nikolay Military Academy. During the Russian-Japanese war of 1904 – 1905 he was wounded at Port Arthur battle. For his deeds during this war he was awarded the order of St. Anne, fourth class. In 1913 he took the command over the Russian hydrographic expedition aboard the vessels “Taymyr” and “Vaigach”, the objective of which was the exploration of the Arctic Ocean. In 1913 the expedition discovered Severnaya Zemlya, Vilkitskiy Island, Malyi Taymyr and Starokadomsiy Islands. In 1913 the expedition discovered Severnaya Zemlya, Vilkitskiy Island, Malyi Taymyr and Starokadomsiy Islands. In 1914 – 1915 the expedition succeeded in sailing through the Northeast Passage: from Vladivostok to Archangelsk. In 1918 he was appointed the leader of the first Soviet hydrographic expedition, but all the vessels and the crew have been seized by interventionist military forces. In 1920 he immigrated to England. In 1923 – 1924 he was invited by the Soviet foreign trade organizations to be the head of the Kara barter expeditions. During the years to follow he’s been performing hydrographic tasks in Belgian Congo. The straight between Severnaya Zemlya and Taymyr is named after Boris Vilkitskiy.