Grand Gold Medal of the RGS’s Department of Ethnography and Statistics
About the medal
The Medal was established with the aim to encourage and promote statistical and ethnographical research. The award was equal to the Small Gold Medal of the Russian Geographical Society, and was awarded from 1879 till 1930 inclusive.
The first recipients
N. Zolotnitsky, for his Chuvash-Russian Dictionary; and V. Orlov, for his statistical research, commissioned by the Moscow Province Zemstvo (a form of local government in pre-revolutionary Russia).
1881 – Grigoriy Potanin, for his “Essays on northwestern Mongolia”;
1899 – Nikolai Marr, for his “Collection of fables of Vardan. History of the Armenian literature of Middle Ages”;
1901 – Nikolai Slyunin, for his book entitled “Okhotsko-Kamchatsky Region” and scientific studies of Kamchatka and the Okhotsk Sea coast.