President of the Kurchatov Institute, Russia
A world-renowned plasma physicist, Dr. Evgeny Velikhov serves as president of the Russian Research Center's Kurchatov Institute in Moscow. He is a specialist in the field of plasma and thermonuclear controlled fusion. Since the mid-1970s, he has been the head of scientific studies on thermonuclear controlled fusion in the USSR and Russia. From 1977 to 1996, Dr. Velikhov served as Vice-President of the Soviet/Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1986 he oversaw the cleanup of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. Dr. Velikhov has also been a principal arms control negotiator, having major impact on the development of American-Russian nuclear treaties in the 1980s and 1990s. Velikhov has been published in more than 150 scientific publications and is an honorary member of the prestigious Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences.