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2020 George Gamow® Laureates

G.A. Gamow Award is founded by the Russian-American Association of Scientists (RASA-America) in memory of the outstanding Russian-American physicist, Professor Georgy Antonovich Gamow (1904-1968) to recognize members of the Russian-speaking scientific diaspora for their outstanding achievements recognized by the wide scientific community and for contributing to the international recognition of Russian science and cultural heritage.

Yury Georgievich Gogotsi, Professor

For his discovery and synthesis of nanomaterials with variable structures and long-standing accomplishments in establishing international collaborations.
“I am a native of the USSR, like Georgy Gamow. Moreover, we were both born in Ukraine – he was from Odessa (so was my grandfather), and I am from Kiev, and we built our scientific careers in USA. When I defended my graduate degree and the Ph.D. thesis at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, and even when I left for Germany on the Humboldt scholarship in 1990, it was USSR time. But when one enters the world of science, the boundaries disappear – scientific discoveries are shared by all humanity. It is very important that RASA-America includes scientists from the former Soviet Union, regardless of their nationality and political views. My compatriot Igor Sikorsky built his helicopter in the USA, but my alma mater in Kiev (KPI) bears his name. I am currently participating in the European project with colleagues from Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus. Over the years, my research group had graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Ukraine, Armenia, Russia and Kazakhstan (as well as over 20 other countries). I believe in the unifying power of science! ” -Yuri Gogotsi

Yuri Gogotsi graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, where he defended his Ph.D. thesis and his doctoral dissertation at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is Distinguished Professor of Materials Science at Drexel University, Director and founder of the Drexel Institute for Nanomaterials. Among his scientific achievements is the development of new methods for synthesis of nanostructured carbons by selective etching of metal carbides and the first microscopic studies of water in carbon nanotubes. He has also contributed to the discovery of two-dimensional transition metal carbides and nitrides (maxenes). He has co-authored over 600 scientific publications and received numerous awards, including Rusnanoprize and the Clarivate Analytics Physics Citation Laureate. He is a Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, many other professional societies, and Deputy Editor of American Chemical Society monthly journal “ACS Nano”.

Mikhail Dmitrievich Lukin, Professor

For original discoveries in the field of quantum physics including a quantum computer using superposition and entanglement to perform computation, and for his contributions to the organization of the Russian Quantum Center.
“The fate and the scientific legacy of Georgy Gamow-which rightfully belongs to all mankind- is indeed an inspiring example for young scientists from all over the world” -Mikhail Lukin.

Mikhail Lukin graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and received his PhD from the Texas A&M University. He is Professor of Physics at Harvard University, co-director of the joint Center for Ultra-Cold Atoms at Harvard and MIT, as well as the Harvard Quantum Center. His research studies include quantum optics, quantum manipulation of atoms and solid-state nano-systems, quantum metrology, nanophononics and quantum informatics. He has co-authored over 400 scientific publications and received numerous awards. He is an honorary member of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American National Academy of Sciences.
The prize has been awarded since 2015 in memory of Georgy Antonovich Gamow – an outstanding representative of the scientific diaspora, Soviet and American theoretical physicist, astrophysicist and popularizer of science. Last year, mathematician Vera Serganova and chemist Valery Fokin became its laureates. Previous laureates include evolutionary geneticist Yevgeny Kunin, physicists Andrei Linde and Roald Sagdeev, and physician Vladimir Zelman.