Yuri Senkevich


1937 – 2003


Who was Yuri Senkevich?

Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich was a Soviet 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 Russian parents in Mongolia. In 1960, he finished the Military Medical Academy in Leningrad. 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 Vostok station.

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

In 1973, Senkevich began his career as a host of the "Travelers' Club", 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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Mar 4, 1937
Also known as
  • Dr. Yuri Senkevich
  • Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich
  • Yu. Senkevich
  • Soviet Union
Sep 23, 2003

on July 23, 2013


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