Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Theoretical physicist Sergei Vonsovsky remembered fondly in Yekaterinburg

Sergei Vasilyevich Vonsovsky was born in 1910 in the Russian city of Tashkent before later moving to Yekateirnburg.

He graduated from Leningrad University in 1932 and then moved to Yekaterinburg to begin work at the Ural Physicotechnical Institute. Vonsovsky later transferred to the Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In 1943, Vonsovsky received a Doctor of Science from the Russian Academy of Sciences and began teaching university-level physics, beginning a professorship in theoretical physics at Ural State University.

From 1971 until 1985, Vonsovsky served as the head of the Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, leading research in the fields of metal physics with a particular focus on transitional metals and fusion.

During his tenure as head of the academy, Vonsovsky developed the fusions ferromagnetism theory and created the theory of magnetic anisotropy.

Following his death in 1998, the Russian Academy of Sciences instituted the Vonsovsky Gold Medal and is the highest scientific award given within the Ural branch. The city of Yekaterinburg named a street in his honor and placed a monument in his likeness in its city square.