Lev Gor'kov

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Lev Petrovich Gor'kov (Лев Петрович Горьков; born 14 June 1929, Moscow) is a Russian-American research physicist internationally known for his pioneering work in the field of superconductivity.[1] He is a professor of physics at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and a program director in Condensed Matter at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. He is one of the Magnet Lab's founding scientists.


Gor'kov received his academic training when he was at Moscow State University, after which he entered Kapitza Institute For Physical Problems, and eventually joined the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics. He left Moscow for America at the age of 63.

In 1966, he was awarded the Lenin Prize, Russia's highest award for scientific achievement, in recognition of his groundbreaking work on superconductivity. In 1981, he received Bardeen Prize (with A.A.Abrikosov and V.L.Ginzburg).

In 2004, he was a co-recipient of the prestigious Eugene Feenberg Award, given to recognize researchers who have advanced the field of many-body physics. In 2005, he became an elected member of the National Academy of Science, one of the very highest honors that can be bestowed on any U.S. scientist or engineer.

He belongs to the last generation of scientists who were direct disciples of Soviet theorist Lev Davidovich Landau. Gor’kov’s contributions to physics reflect the unique style of the Landau Institute.

In addition to his duties at the Magnet Lab, Gor'kov maintains his active RAS membership and performs research for the Landau Institute.


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