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Prokhorov, Aleksandr Mikhailovich (1916 - 2002)

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Born: 11 July 1916  Atherton, Queensland, Australia.  Died: 8 January 2002  Russia.
Aleksandr Mikhailovich Prokhorov shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1964 for his work on quantum electronics which led to the construction of masers and lasers. He was winner of many other awards including the Lomonosov Gold Medal, Five Orders of Lenin, Order of the Patriotic War, 1st class, Medal for Valor. A memorial plaque was unveiled in 1987 at his birthplace, Atherton, Queensland.

Career Highlights

1939Graduated with honours in physics from the Leningrad University, UUSR
1941 - 1944Military service
1944 - 1946Scientist at the Laboratory of Oscillations, USSR Academy of Sciences
1946Science degree completed at the Lebedev Institute of Physics, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow
1946 - 1954Senior Research Associateat the Laboratory of Oscillations
1948Mandelstam Prize received
1950sDoctorate completed at the Lebedev Institute of Physics, USSR Academy of Sciences
1954 - 1973Head of the Laboratory of Oscillations
1959Lenin Prize received
1964Nobel Prize for Physics received
1966 - Full Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences
1969 - Editor-in-chief of the Great Soviet Encyclopaedia
1969Gold Star of Hero of Socialist Labor received
1973 - 1981Chief of the Department of General Physics and Astronomy
1981 - Director of the Institute of General Physics
1986Gold Star of Hero of Socialist Labor received

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Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Rosanne Walker
Created: 30 June 1997
Modified: 15 June 2006

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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