The Global Energy Prize laureate 2006
Evgeny Velikhov and his ITER: a project and a path
“Lifeline is a point in a 4-dimensional space which corresponding to each of us” – this is the favorite image and concept of Dr. Evgeny Velikhov. However, he perceives lifeline as a bunch of multicolored phone wires. For his own case, the researcher counted eleven wires-lines of this kind, meaningful elements: work occupies the left side, family – the right side, and all the rest lies in between. However, his work, in its turn, can be divided into numerous components too. He is a researcher, but not just a pure scientist: he is a science facilitator, and even more than a facilitator – rather a politician, and again more than a politician. Some people associate the name of Evgeny Pavlovich Velikhov, President, and now Honorary President of Russian Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” (former I.V. Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy) with powerful impulse MHD generators used for depth sounding of the Earth’s crust. Others associate him with the development of the first and all the succeeding programs on plasma physics and controlled thermonuclear fusion, and still others associate his name with fatal Chernobyl disaster which we will never forget even years and years after the accident. The fourth group refer to him in connection with the preserving Kurchatov Institute during the difficult 1990-s. Some people were surprised when a physicist turned to practical activities and founded Rosshelf, a unique company specializing in Arctic offshore mining on the basis of underwater shipbuilding technologies.