Professor Vladimir Fortov awarded UNESCO Albert Einstein Gold MedalUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will award the UNESCO Albert Einstein Gold Medal to Professor Vladimir Fortov, of the Russian Academy of Sciences, during a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on April 11 (5 p.m, 7th floor).
The medal is awarded to Professor Fortov in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of physical sciences and the promotion of international collaboration and fruitful cooperation between the Russian Federation and UNESCO.
Professor Fortov, 59, is the Head of the Department for Energetics, Machinery, Mechanics and Control Systems at the Institute for High Energy Densities at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He is internationally renowned for his work in high energy density physics, is a member of several of the world’s leading scientific academies and societies, and has received numerous Russian and international awards for his groundbreaking work.
The UNESCO Albert Einstein Gold Medal was created in 1979 to commemorate the centenary of Einstein’s birth. It is awarded by UNESCO’s Director-General to outstanding figures who have made a major contribution to science and international cooperation. It was last conferred in 2004 on Professor Herwig Schopper, President of the Council of the International Centre for Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME).