On 11 May 2003, Professor Oleg Nikolayevich Bauer, a prominent internationally known scientist and the oldest surviving founder of ichthyoparasitology and ichthyopathology, died in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the age of 87 after a grave illness.

Oleg Nikolayevich Bauer was born on 7 July 1915 in Yablonitsy Village, 100 km southwest from Petrograd, where his parents spent their summers. At that time his father was a teacher of natural history at Annenschule, 1 of the most prestigious secondary schools in the Russian capital. In 1932, O. N. Bauer entered Leningrad State University. As a student, he specialized at the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, headed by the famous Professor V. A. Dogiel.

During the years of Oleg Bauer's studies, Professor V. A. Dogiel articulated the fundamentals of ecological parasitology. Thus, young O. N. Bauer took the opportunity to participate in the first steps that established a new scientific school in parasitology....

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