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
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,