The son of a Russian diplomat, Scherbatskoy was born in Turkey in 1908. He emigrated to the United States in 1929. He was an inventor who specialized in geophysics.
Papers documenting Scherbatskoy's career in the field of geophysical prospecting, including patents, patent applications, notebooks, commercial agreements, contracts, notebooks, licensing agreements, development and test reports, files, and correspondence between Scherbatskoy and others in the field, including persons and organizations listed below. Highlights include a laboratory notebook of Jacob Neufeld, a prominent physicist with whom Scherbatskoy worked; and memoranda by the nuclear physicist Bruno Pontecorvo on the development of nuclear well logging.
Serge Scherbatskoy Papers, 1925-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History