Boris Stepanovich Maslov was born in 1929 in Moscow oblast (Russia). He is a Doctor of Technical Sciences (1976), Professor (1979), Academician of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences (1991), Honored Worker of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation (1994), Prize Winner of Council of Ministers of the USSR (1981), and Laureate of the A. N. Kostyakov Gold Medal (1993). His work in amelioration science was acknowledged by the jubilee diploma and medal of the ICID.
He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management (1954) with a diploma in hydraulic engineering. In 1965, he took training courses at the University of California. He worked as the head of the Science Department of the Ministry of Melioration and Water Management of the USSR (1975–85); director of the A. N. Kostyakov Research Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Melioration (1985–8); and the head of the Department of Melioration and Water Management of the RAAS (1991–9). In 2000, he was appointed the Senior Specialist of the Engineering and Production Center on Water Management, Melioration, and Ecology. Professor Maslov’s scientific interests encompass various aspects of land drainage and irrigation, reclamation hydrogeology, environmental conservation aspects of land reclamation, and the history of soil amelioration. Professor Maslov is the author of more than 500 published works, including forty monographs, on soil reclamation, meliorative hydrogeology, environmental protection issues related to land reclamation works, and the history of amelioration science. He participated in the work of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), International Peat Society (IPS), and the Society of Agricultural Engineers, among others