Subscribe options

Select your newsletters:

Please enter your email address:

@

News & Media

Latest ITER Newsline

  • Cryostat base | Grand opening soon

    Picture a giant soup plate, 30 metres in diameter, slowing descending into a deep concrete cylinder. Track the near imperceptible movement of the double overhea [...]

    Read more

  • Research | ITER Scientist Fellows are at the cutting edge

    In the area of cutting-edge research—and particularly the sophisticated modelling of plasmas—the project is benefitting from the assistance of world-renowned ex [...]

    Read more

  • Image of the week | Testing the load path

    Teams are preparing now for the commissioning and dynamic load tests that will be carried out in the coming weeks on the assembly bridge cranes. The load tests, [...]

    Read more

  • In memoriam | Physicist John Wesson

    The theoretical physicist, author of a major reference book on magnetic confinement fusion in tokamaks, was known to many members of the ITER community. Some [...]

    Read more

  • CODAC | The "invisible system" that makes all things possible

    It is easy to spot all the big equipment going into ITER; what is not so visible is the underlying software that makes the equipment come alive. Local control [...]

    Read more

Of Interest

See archived entries

ITER godfather turns 80

Alexander Petrov, ITER Russia

In 1973, academician Evgeny Velikhov accepted the torch from Lev Artsimovich to take the lead in the Soviet Union's fusion program. He helped to initiate the ITER Project at the highest political level. (Click to view larger version...)
In 1973, academician Evgeny Velikhov accepted the torch from Lev Artsimovich to take the lead in the Soviet Union's fusion program. He helped to initiate the ITER Project at the highest political level.
On 2 February in Moscow, academician Evgeny Velikhov—distinguished scientist, president of the Kurchatov Institute, and initiator and key player of the ITER Project—turned 80. At a celebration on 4 February, ITER Russia staff and the heads of leading institutes and industries involved in project implementation cordially congratulated Mr Velikhov, as messages poured in from home and abroad to wish him professional and private success, good health and longevity.

Evgeny Velikhov was born on 2 February 1935 in Moscow.

His life journey has been an example of rare professional focus and devotion. After graduating from Moscow State University, he began his career as junior researcher at the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy. He was appointed head of laboratory in 1962 and head of department in 1970. From 1971-1978 Evgeny Velikhov directed a branch of the Kurchatov Institute in Troitsk (now TRINITI). In 1988 he became the director of the Kurchatov Institute and, four years later, its president.

It would be difficult to overstate academician Velikhov's contribution to the world of science, especially plasma physics and fusion. In 1973, he accepted the torch from Lev Artsimovich to take the lead in the Soviet Union's controlled thermonuclear fusion program. He helped to initiate the ITER Project at the highest political level by persuading Secretary-General Mikhail Gorbachev that the next generation fusion device needed to be a joint international effort. He was ITER Council Chair during the technical design phase for ITER and again at the start of ITER construction from 2010-2012.

Evgeny Velikhov has received numerous national and international distinctions, including the Order of Merit for the Fatherland and the Order of Courage. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and holds honorary positions at a number of Russian and international universities.


return to the latest published articles