Evgeny Velikhov, President of the Russian Research Centre Kurchatov Institute

Evgeny Velikhov
Academician
Secretary, Public Chamber of the Russian Federation
President, Russian Research Centre, Kurchatov Institute
1935 - Born in Moscow
1958 - Graduates, Physics Department, Moscow State University
1960 - Junior research assistant, Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy
1962 - Laboratory Head, Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy
1966 - Professor, Moscow State University
1970 - Department Head, Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy
1971 - Deputy Director, Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy
1973 - Directs Moscow State University Chair of Physics
1974 - Full member, USSR Academy of Sciences
1977 - Vice President, USSR Academy of Sciences
1981 - Honorary member, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
1984 - Establishes Department of Physics and Energy, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
1988 - Director, Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy
1988 - Chairman, Board of International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Programme
1992 - President, Russian Research Centre, Kurchatov Institute
2002 - Chairman, Board of Russian Scientific Organisations involved in INPRO
2003 - Foreign member, U.S. National Engineering Academy
2005 - Secretary, Public Chamber of the Russian Federation
 
 
The soaring prices for hydrocarbons force the humankind to look for alternative sources of energy. Nuclear energy is one of such options. But it is also the most controversial kind of energy as it is associated in public opinion with weapon of mass destruction and the Chernobyl disaster. The proliferation of nuclear technology around the world, for example Iran’s nuclear programme, is also a matter of great international concern. Is the nuclear technology a blessing or a curse? To answer this and related questions, our quest today is Evgeny Velikhov, President of the Russian Research Centre Kurchatov Institute.