Kerim Kerimov

Full name: 
Kerim Aliyevich Kerimov
Arabic name: 
Kərim Əli oğlu Kərimov, Керим Алиевич Керимов
Date of birth: 
14 Nov, 1917
Date of death: 
29 Mar, 2003
Lieutenant-General Kerim Aliyevich Kerimov was an Azerbaijani-Soviet/Russian aerospace engineer and a renowned rocket scientist, one of the founders of the Soviet space industry, and for many years a central figure in the Soviet space program. Despite his prominent role, his identity was kept a secret from the public for most of his career. He was one of the lead architects behind the string of Soviet successes that stunned the world from the late 1950s – from the launch of the first satellite, the Sputnik 1 in 1957, and the first human spaceflight, Yuri Gagarin's 108-minute trip around the globe aboard the Vostok 1 in 1961, to the first fully automated space docking, of Cosmos 186 and Cosmos 188 in 1967, and the first space stations, the Salyut and Mir series from 1971 to 1991.
 
Kerimov was the son of Әli Mәhәrrәm Nağı oğlu Kәrimov and Fernanda Lüsi qızları Naxçıvanski Kәrimova.