The book exhibition, dedicated to the 120th anniversary of Kanysh Imantayevich Satpayev, Soviet geologist, one of the founders of metallogenic science, the founder of the Kazakh school of metallogeny, academician of the Kazakh SSR, the first president of the Kazakh SSR Academy of Sciences, was held in the Sultangazin hall for scientists.


Kanysh Imantayevich Satpayev was born on April 12, 1899 in aul № 4 in Pavlodar Semipalatinsk region (now Bayanaulsky district of Pavlodar region). From 1909 to 1911 he studied at the aul school, in 1914 he graduated with honors from the Russian-Kazakh school in Pavlodar, and in 1918.  -In 1918 he graduated from the Semipalatinsk Teachers' Seminary.

In 1926, K. I. Satpayev successfully graduated from the Tomsk Institute of Technology. Having obtained a profession of mining engineer, he was sent to the Atbasar trust of non-ferrous metals as the head of the geological department, and a year later he was elected a member of the board of the trust. From 1926 to 1932, geological prospecting work in Dzhezkazgan began. The team of geologists, led by K.I.Satpayev, proved by exploration the presence of huge reserves of copper in Dzhezkazgan and confidently took one of the first places in the world. For the discovery of the Dzhezkazgan deposit, in 1940 K.I.Satpayev was awarded the highest award of the country - the Order of Lenin.

In 1941, at the initiative of the second secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan J. Shayakhmetov, Satpayev was transferred to work in Alma-Ata and was appointed director of the Institute of Geological Sciences and deputy chairman of the Presidium of the Kazakh branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Already in 1944 he began to think about creation of the Academy of Sciences in Kazakhstan. Between 1944 and 1946, 11 new research institutes were created. A project of the main building of the future Academy was also developed. On June 1, 1946 took place the official opening ceremony of the Academy of Sciences of the Kazakh SSR, and on June 3, 1946 at the general meeting of the Academy K.I.Satpayev was elected as an academician and the president of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Kazakh SSR.

The name of K. I. Satpayev is inextricably linked with the period of the formation of industry and science in Kazakhstan. K.I. Satpayev is the first geologist-Kazakh who opened to the country the riches of its subsoil, in particular the huge copper reserves of Jezkazgan, the organizer and the first president of the Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan, the first academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences from the Soviet East republics, deputy of Supreme Soviets of the USSR and the Kazakh SSR, laureate of Lenin and State Prizes, awarded four orders of Lenin and the Order of the Patriotic War.

The name of K.I. Satpayev is associated with three immortal great deeds - Big Zhezkazgan with its unique reserves of non-ferrous and rare metals of world class, the second - the Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan, the third - the Institute of Geological Sciences, which bears his name. In fact, the entire history of the development and formation of industry, science, and culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan of the twentieth century is linked to his name.

Schools and streets in cities and towns of the republic, the Institute of Geological Sciences, the National Polytechnic University, a glacier and a peak in Dzungarian Alatau, a small planet in the vastness of the universe are named after K.I. Satpayev.

The book exhibition from the collection of the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan presents materials about the life and work of the scientist K.I. Satpayev, his works, monographs, articles in the periodical press.