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06.15

Natalya Paegle, the author of the book ‘Yakov Kalugin’, has become a winner of the 4th Open South Ural Literary Award

Natalya Paegle, the author of the book ‘Yakov Kalugin’, has become a winner of the 4th Open South Ural Literary Award 
 
The ceremony of the 4th Open South Ural Literary Award was held in the Chelyabinsk Regional Scientific Universal Library on 25th of July 2015.  The winners were bestowed with certificates, award pins and desktop symbols. 
202 authors from Russia, Germany, Israel, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan went in for the contest. The jury selected 21 nominees and seven of them became winners of the literary award.  
 
In the category of Literary Study of Local Lore and Publicistic Writing the winner became Natalya Paegle who was prized with the literary award for ‘creative portraying of a striking personality of today in the book ‘Yakov Kalugin”.  
The book ‘Yakov Kalugin’ was published in series ‘Life of Outstanding People from the Urals” established in 2011 at the initiative of the Government of Sverdlovsk Region. It is devoted to the life and work of Yakov Prokopyevich Kalugin, a Russian metallurgical scientist, the inventor of the unique hot stove design used in blast-furnace production. Up to now three types of hot stoves have been developed and put into service in the world’s iron and steel industry. The shaftless hot stove with top combustion invented by Yakov Kalugin (Kalugin Shaftless Stove) has become the latest and most innovative model among the similar devices.   
In her book Natalya Paegle managed to represent the character of our contemporary, a real Russian engineer, scientist and inventor who fully devoted his life to the iron and steel industry. She tried to reconstruct the difficult but extremely interesting atmosphere of the post-war time and Soviet period of the Russian history in which Soviet people lived and worked. She wanted to show the stages of growing-up and formation of the main character, how the strong resolute personality grew from an ordinary boy born at a Kazakh village and how the young Russian scientist found himself at the leading edge of development of the Soviet science, how his talent of the engineer and inventor was brought to light when a number of the most challenging scientific tasks of that time were settled by a group of researchers under his guidance and when the first Soviet shaftless hot stove was developed and designed, how hard and painfully his talent was recognized by Russian colleagues at first, and how in the “raucous” 1990s when he lost his job and was almost in despair because of the lack of money he didn’t give up and established a company which achieved worldwide recognition.