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Monument to Academician Vladimir Fortov unveiled at Novodevichy Cemetery

The ex-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences is buried on the same alley with famous academicians and designers of aviation and space technology

A monument to the ex-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician Vladimir Evgenievich Fortov, was unveiled on Wednesday at the Novodevichy Cemetery.< /p>The ex-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences is buried in the same alley with famous academicians and designers of aviation and space technology Photo: Svetlana Fortova

One of the most successful Russian scientists died in November 2020, two months before his 75th birthday.

He has more than 500 scientific papers and 30 monographs on the topics of pulsed and industrial energy, space physics, and controlled thermonuclear fusion. It was he who created protection for the Soviet automatic interplanetary station “Vega”, which in 1984-86 explored the atmosphere of Venus and Halley's comet.

He became President of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2013, uttering memorable words: “We need to make sure that the working scientist becomes the central figure in our Academy of Sciences, so that all components of the scientific infrastructure would be focused on his needs, would revolve around him, like the planets around Sun". Unfortunately, everything turned out differently: after the reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences that broke out in the same year, the “working scientist”, according to Fortov, was torn away from the academy, subordinated to the “successful manager”, forcing him to work mainly not for the result, but for the sake of meaningless race for publications in prestigious & nbsp;western magazines. He held the blow together with the entire academy, but the daily desperate struggle with windmills sapped his strength.

On the day of the opening of the monument, his colleagues, friends, and relatives came to honor the memory of the scientist. Among them: President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Gennady Krasnikov, academicians Mikhail Marov, Radiy Ilkaev, Lev Zeleny, Alexander Sergeev, Deputy President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Ivanov. The opening ceremony of the monument was also attended by the head of the FMBA Veronika Skvortsova and others.

The composition of the monument includes a figurine of Vladimir Evgenievich's beloved cat Boris, whom he loved very much.

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