The 2011 Simon Memorial Prize
Nikolai B Kopnin
Nikolai Kopnin was born in 1946 in Moscow, Russia.
He received his master’s degree in Physics in 1970 from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and his PhD degree in Physics and Mathematics in 1973 from the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics in Moscow.
In the same year he joined the Landau Institute and remains associated with it to the present time. In 1984 Nikolai Kopnin received his second doctoral degree from the Landau Institute and became the Leading Research Fellow at Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics.
During the period 1988 - 1994 he was a Professor in Physics at Moscow State Institute of Radio-technology, Electronics and Automatics. In 2000 Nikolai Kopnin joined the Low Temperature Laboratory at Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in Finland.
Nikolai Kopnin has held many visiting scientist positions including visiting Professorships at CNRS in Grenoble and at Universite Paris-Sud in Orsay, France; at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; at the University of Chicago and at the Argonne National Laboratory in the USA.