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Convocation date: November 17, 1964
Special Convocation: Following the official opening of the Linear Accelerator Laboratory
Discipline / contribution: nuclear physics
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the University Council and Senate, I present to you Vasili Vasilevich Vladimirskii. Graduating from Moscow State University in 1938 he quickly established himself as a scientist of considerable originality, contributing first in the field of the molecular theory of light emission, then gradually shifting his interest to work in nuclear physics. This work and continued studies won for him the Doctorate in Physics and Mathematics in 1953. In 1955 he was appointed head of a research group in the Institute for Nuclear Problems of the Academy of Sciences. The following year he joined the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics in Moscow, becoming Deputy Director in 1959 and Director in 1960, a position which he still holds. He has been a delegate to many international scientific conferences and has greatly assisted in the growing exchange of scientific information between east and west. To mention only a few of the conferences; he was one of the Soviet delegates to the First International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy in Geneva, sponsored by the United Nations in 1955. In 1956 he was a delegate to a conference on High Energy Physics in Geneva and the following year to the International Conference on Neutron Interactions in New York City.Degree received: Doctor of Science
In 1960 he was a member of a small scientific team who visited high energy installations in the United States on an exchange basis. His travels over the past ten years have truly placed him among the ever growing scientific community who know no national boundaries in their free exchange of ideas. His interests at the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics were primarily focussed on the problems of high energy particle acceleration which culminated in the construction of a seven billion electron volt machine based on the principle of strong focussing, a project which he directed. This machine was, of course, a model for an even larger one, and when its feasibility was established, he also became Technical Director of the Institute’s new laboratory at Serpukhov where the largest accelerator in the world is now under construction. When completed in 1966 this machine, with a circumference of one mile, will have an energy of 70 Bev; over twice that of any accelerator now in existence.
In recognition of his scientific contributions he was elected a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R. in 1962.
Having in mind these achievements, which have gained him recognition at home and the respect of the international scientific community, Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Vasili Vasilevich Vladimirskii, and ask that you confer on him the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: Leon Katz, Director, Linear Accelerator Laboratory
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