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Portrait of Yuri Senkevich on the cover of his memoirs A Lifelong Travel


Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich ( ) (March 4, 1937 in Choibalsanmarker, MongoliamarkerSeptember 23, 2003 in Moscowmarker, Russiamarker) was a Sovietmarker doctor, scientist. He is Candidate of Sciences. He became famous in the USSR and worldwide for his participation in the Ra Expedition, in which he sailed together with Thor Heyerdahl.

Senkevich was born of Polishmarker parents in Mongolia. In 1960, he finished the Military Medical Academy in Leningradmarker. After the graduation, he received an assignment as a military doctor. In 1962, Senkevich started at Moscow Institute of Aviation and Cosmic Medicine of the Ministry of Defence. He continued his career in that field at the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of the Ministry of Public Health. From 1966 to 1967, he participated in the 12th Soviet Antarctic expedition at Vostokmarker station.

In 1969, Thor Heyerdahl invited Senkevich to sail on the Ra papirus boat, and later on Ra II in 1970. Yuri Senkevich also sailed on the Tigris across the Indian Oceanmarker.

In 1973, Senkevich began his career as a host of the "Travelers' Club" (Клуб путешественников), a show on the Soviet Central Television. During the 30 years, he visited as a journalist more than 200 countries. For his lifetime contribution to the television, he was awarded "TEFI", a prize of Russian Academy of Television, in 1997. Yuri Senkevich is in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest serving TV anchorman.


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