Vladimir E. Zakharov

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Vladimir Zakharov
Vladimir Zakharov 2003.jpg
In his office, 2003
Born (1939-08-01) August 1, 1939 (age 82)
Alma materNovosibirsk State University
Known forTheoretical physics
AwardsDirac Prize (2003)
Scientific career
InstitutionsLandau Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of Arizona
Lebedev Physical Institute
Doctoral advisorRoald Sagdeev

Vladimir Evgen'evich Zakharov (Russian: Влади́мир Евге́ньевич Заха́ров; born August 1, 1939) is a Soviet and Russian mathematician and physicist. He is currently Regents' Professor of mathematics at The University of Arizona,[1] director of the Mathematical Physics Sector at the Lebedev Physical Institute, and is on the committee of the Stefanos Pnevmatikos International Award.[2] Zakharov's research interests cover physical aspects of nonlinear wave theory in plasmas, hydrodynamics, oceanology, geophysics, solid state physics, optics, and general relativity.[3]

Zakharov was awarded the Dirac Medal in 2003 for his contributions to the theory of turbulence, with regard to the exact results and the prediction of inverse cascades, and for "putting the theory of wave turbulence on a firm mathematical ground by finding turbulence spectra as exact solutions and solving the stability problem, and in introducing the notion of inverse and dual cascades in wave turbulence."[4]

Vladimir Zakharov is also a poet. He has published several books of poetry in Russia and his works regularly appear in periodicals. A collection of his poetry in an English translation The Paradise for Clouds was published in the UK in 2009.[5]


Vladimir Zakharov was born in Kazan, Russian SFSR in 1939, to Evgeniy and Elena Zakharov, an engineer and a schoolteacher. He studied at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute and at the Novosibirsk State University,[6] where he received his specialist degree in physics in 1963 and his Candidate of Sciences degree in 1966, studying under Roald Sagdeev. Vladimir Zakharov is married, he has 3 sons. Also, he writes poems and his works were published in Novy Mir in 1990-s and 2000-s.

Academic career[edit]

After completing his Candidate of Science degree, Zakharov worked as a researcher at the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics in Novosibirsk, where in 1971 he completed his Doctor of Sciences degree. In 1974, Zakharov moved to the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics in Chernogolovka, where he eventually became director. He was elected as a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union in 1984 and as a full member in 1991. In 1992, Zakharov became a professor of mathematics at the University of Arizona, and in 2004 he became the director of the Mathematical Physics Sector at the Lebedev Physical Institute.

Awards and honors[edit]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • S. P. Novikov, S. V. Manakov, L. P. Pitaevskii, V. E. Zakharov, Theory of Solitons: The Inverse Scattering Method, Springer-Verlag (1984), ISBN 0-306-10977-8
  • V. E. Zakharov, What is Integrability?, Springer-Verlag (1991), ISBN 0-387-51964-5
  • V. E. Zakharov, V. S. L'vov, G. Falkovich, Kolmogorov Spectra of Turbulence I: Wave Turbulence, Springer-Verlag (1992), ISBN 0-387-54533-6
  • Vladimir Zakharov, The Paradise for Clouds, Ancient Purple Translations (2009), ISBN 0-9563075-0-7

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Home page at the University of Arizona
  2. ^ "Selection Committee". Stefanos Pnevmatikos International Award. University of Crete. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  3. ^ Recent publications
  4. ^ Dirac Medal
  5. ^ Zakharov, Vladimir (2009). The Paradise for Clouds. Ancient Purple. ISBN 978-0-9563075-0-7. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  6. ^ Vladimir Zakharov about Russian and American science (in Russian)
  7. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-09-01.

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