The 2011 Simon Memorial Prize
Sergey V Iordanski
Sergey Iordanski was born in 1929 in Kaliningrad (now Korolev) near Moscow, Russia. He entered the Moscow State University in 1947 and then moved to the newly established Moscow Institute for Physical Engineering from where he graduated with a master’s degree in Physics in 1953. From 1953 to 1956 he was a Research Fellow at the Arsamas Nuclear Center. In 1956 Sergey Iordanski was decorated with the Order of Red Banner by the USSR Governement for his work in applied science.
In 1956 he joined the Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow and in 1958 he gained a PhD in Physics and Mathematics from the Institute for Applied Mathematics for his thesis on non-stationary dynamics of gases. In 1968 he received his second doctoral degree from the Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems for his thesis on the theory of superfluidity.
From 1967 till the present time his career has been spent at the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics in Chernogolovka where he has progressed from Senior Research Fellow to the head of department and Principal Research Fellow.
In the period 1989-1994 he was also the head of the theoretical physics department at the Institute for Solid State Physics in Chernogolovka. Sergey Iordanski is a full Professor at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and he received the title of Honoured Scientist of the Russian Federation in 2006.