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Yuri Kivshar

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    Research Director at the Nonlinear Physics Centre of the Australian National University, Co-Chair of the International Research Center for Nanophotonics and Metamaterials, ITMO University


Prof. Yuri Kivshar received his PhD in 1984 from the USSR Academy of Science joined the Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering (Kharkov, Ukraine). From 1988 to 1993 he worked at different research centers in USA, France, Spain, and Germany. In 1993 he accepted an appointment at the Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering of the Australian National University where presently he is Professor and Head of the Nonlinear Physics Center.

Since early 2000’s, Prof. Yuri Kivshar has been working with various aspects of nonlinear optics, focusing on solitons and metamaterials, theory of nonlinear photon crystals and optical composite materials with nonlinear qualities. He made a fundamental contribution to understanding of the effect of self-focusing in optics, nonlinear instabilities, nonlinear waves in non-integrating systems, as well as the concept of optical processing of data and optical communications. Yuri Kivshar is considered one of the forefathers of optical solitons and vortices and was the first to predict and study a row of solitons. Professor Kivshar is the author and co-author of over 800 publications and books. As of January 2014, he has the h-index score of 72.


His recent awards include the  Peter Baum Award of the Australian National University, Carl Zeiss Visiting Professor Award from the University of Jena and the Carl Zeiss Foundation, and Distinguished Award from the Wenner-Gren Foundation in Sweden. In 2010 he was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor of the Australian National University.

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