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A Constituent Assembly of the RMS took place on the 19th (7th by Julian calendar) of January 1817 in the Mikhailovsky (Engineers) Castle on the flat of Doctor of Phylosophy Lorenz (Lavrentiy Ivanovich) Pansner (on the picture).

During the XIXth century the Society carried out the investigations of geological structure and mineral resources of Russia for the purposes of creation of a general geological map of Russia (before the organization of the Russian Geological Committee in 1882). The Society organized the Mineral cabinet, the collection of minerals, later transmitted to the St. Petersburg Mining Institute museum. The members of the Society have created a specialized library.

Since 1830 the Mineralogical Society publishes a magazine, originally titled as The Mineralogical Society Works (1830-1864), later renamed to the Proceedings of the Russian Mineralogical Society (1866 present time).

The Society has published a series of works titled as the Materials on Geology of Russia (1869-1928). The Society conducted public lections, organized geological expeditions, instituted honorary medals and premiums for the prominent scientific works.

From 1948 to 1991 the Society had the name "the All-Union Mineralogical society" and belong to the USSR Academy of Sciences. From 1991 to 2004 the name of the Society was "Mineralogical Society of the Russian Academy of Sciences".

The Society was one of the establishers of the International Mineralogical Association (1958).

Many famouse Russian and foreign scientists were the memberes of the Society: V.M.Severgin, P.E.Kovalevsky, N.I.Koksharov, A.P.Karpinsky, A.A.Inostrantsev, D.I.Mendeleev, V.V.Dokuchaev, A.M.Butlerov, V.I.Vernadsky, F.Yu.Levinson-Lessing, V.A.Obruchev, A.N.Zavaritsky, N.V.Belov, D.S.Korzhinsky, P.M.Tatarinov, F.V.Chukhrov, I.I.Shafranovsky, D.P.Grigoriev, V.I.Smirnov, G.B.Bokiy, V.A.Frank-Kamenetsky, Ch.Lyelle, E.de Beaumont, A.Humbold, J.Berzelius, R.Hauy, R.Murchison, V.Goldschmidt, F.Clarke, N.Bowen, J.Dana, P.Ramdohr. 

The world history of mineralogical societies

Foundation and dissolution years of mineralogical societies, unions and associations:

 years English title  title in native language
The Grand Duke's Mineralogical Society in Jena (Germany) Großherzogliche Societat für die gesammte Mineralogie in Jena
The British Mineralogical Society The British Mineralogical Society
The Mineralogical Society of Dresden (Germany) Gesellschaft für Mineralogie zu Dresden
 1817 The Russian Mineralogical Society
 1876 The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
 1878 The French Mineralogical and Crystallographical Society Société Française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie
 1901 The Austrian Mineralogical Society Österreichische Mineralogische Gesellschaft
 1908 The German Mineralogical Society Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft
 1919 The Mineralogical Society of America The Mineralogical Society of America
 1928 The Japanese Association of Mineralogists, Petrologists, and Economic Geologists 日本岩石鉱物鉱床学会
 1940 The Italian Mineralogical and Petrological Society Società Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia
 1951 Israel Geological Society החברה הגיאולוגית הישראלית
 1952 The Mineralogical Society of Japan 日本鉱物学会
 1952 The Geological Society of Australia The Geological Society of Australia
 1954 The Ukrainian Mineralogical Society ï ii
 1955 The Mineralogical Association of Canada
The Mineralogical Association of Canada
Association minéralogique du Canada
 1957 Mineralogical Society of Finland Suomen mineraloginen seura r.y.
 1958 The International Mineralogical Association The International Mineralogical Association
 1969 The Mineralogical Society of Poland Polskie Towarzystwo Mineralogiczne
 1975 The Spanish Mineralogical Society La Sociedad Española de Mineralogía
 1978 Chinese Society of Chinese Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry 中国矿物岩石地球化学学会简介
 1979 The Mineralogical Association of South Africa The Mineralogical Association of South Africa
 1987 The European Mineralogical Union The European Mineralogical Union

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