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Maxim Konrad Elias was an important paleobotanist, paleontologist, and biostratigrapher. He was born in Minsk, Russia, as Maxim Konradovich Eliashevich. He received the degree of Engineer of Mines from the Imperial School of Mines, St. Petersburg, in 1917 and worked at the Ural Mining Institute and as a coal company geologist. In 1920 he moved to Vladivostok, where he taught at the Polytechnic Institute and was a member of the Russian Geographical Society. He came to the United States in 1922. Elias was a geologist with the Kansas State Geological Survey from 1927 to 1937 and became a U.S. citizen in 1930. In 1938 he led a geological exploration party in Colombia, South America. He received a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1939. He was paleontologist with the University of Nebraska Conservation and Survey Division from 1939 to 1958 when he retired and became adjunct professor at the Research Institute, University of Oklahoma, Norman. He died in Alliance, Nebraska, May 6, 1982, at the age of 93.