Vladimir E. Fortov

Russian Academy of Sciences

January 23, 1946 - November 29, 2020


Election Year: 2014
Scientific Discipline: Physics
Membership Type: International Member

Vladimir Fortov was born in Noginsk, Moscow Region, USSR on 23 January 1946. He was graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and accepted a post-graduate position in 1968. After completing his PhD in Strongly Coupled Plasma Physics in 1971, he was invited by Nobel Laureate acad. N. Semenov to the Institute of Chemical Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences to join Prof. Lev Altshuler and acad. Yakov Zeldovich teams working in the field of intense shock and detonation waves. He was awarded his Doctor degree "Physics of Strongly Coupled Plasma Generated by Intense Shock Waves" by Russian Academy of Sciences in 1976. In 1978 Vladimir Fortov received professor's degree. In 1976 he was appointed the head of laboratory and later on the director of the division in the Institute of Chemical Physics. The same year he accepted the directorship of Extreme Matter Department in the Institute for High Temperatures RAS. From 1992 he was a professor and Head of the Department in Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. From 1987 he was the Corresponding Member and from 1991 - the Member (Academician) of the Russian Academy of Sciences; from 2007 - the Director of the Joint Institute for High Temperatures; from 2013 – the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Vice-chairman of the Presidential Council for Science and Education and the member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General.

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