Nikolay Dimitrievich Zelinsky, Russian and Soviet chemist, academician of the Academy of Sciences of USSR (1929).
Zelinsky studied at the University of Odessa and at the universities of Leipzig and Göttingen in Germany. Zelinsky was one of the founders of theory on organic catalysis. He is the inventor of the first effective filtering activated charcoal gas mask in the world (1915).
The crater Zelinskiy on the Moon is named in his honor.
In 2001, the Central Bank of Transnistria minted a silver coin honoring this native of today's Transnistria, as part of a series of memorable coins called The Outstanding People of Pridnestrovie.
Zelinsky studied at the University of Tiraspol, University of Odessa, and abroad at the University of Leipzig and University of Gottingen with Victor Meyer he received his master and his Ph.D from the University of Novorossiysk in 1888 and 1891. He was appointed professor at the University of Moscow in 1893, where worked till his retirement with the exceptions of the years between 1911 and 1917. His main research area was the chemistry of cyclic hydrocarbons.
He was president of the Moscow Society of Naturalists.
The Zelinskiy Institute of Organic Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences is named after him.
Lenin order 1940, 1945 and 1946
Stalin Prize 1942, 1946 and 1948