Otto Yulyevich Schmidt (1891–1956) was a Soviet mathematician, geographer, geophysicist, astronomer, professor, member of the Academy of Science of the USSR, a Hero of the Soviet Union (1937), an explorer of the Pamir Mountains and the Polar Circle.
Schmidt was one of the creators and an editor-in-chief of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia
. He initiated the founding of an academic geophysics institution. In 1930–1934, he led the famous arctic expeditions on Georgy Sedov
, A. Sibiryakov and Chelyuskin
Otto Schmidt was an honorary member of the Russian Geographical Society; he made a major contribution to the exploration of the northern polar territories. In 1932, Schmidt was the head of the expedition on the A. Sibiryakov steam icebreaker, which made a non-stop voyage along the Northern Sea Route without wintering for the first time in history.
On 27 June 1937, under a Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, Otto Schmidt was awarded a title of the Hero of the Soviet Union for spearheading establishing the North Pole-1 drifting ice station.
The postcard with an original stamp depicts a portrait of Otto Schmidt against the background of the Tupolev TB-3 aircraft. The main image features Schmidt's expedition on the A. Sibiryakov
Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” will manufacture a special cancellation postmark for Moscow.
Design: F. Sukhinin.
Circulation: 15,000 copies.