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Russia’s Mayak Academy renamed after Andrei Sakharov

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 15 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Russia’s Mayak Academy has been renamed after Andrey Sakharov, a prominent Russian Physicist and Nobel Peace Prize winner at a ceremony held at the Academy recently.

Rosatom State Corporation sponsored a ceremony marking Academician Sakharov’s 100th  birth anniversary, said a press release.

Sakharov played a vital role in creating the most devastating weapon in human history, the hydrogen bomb. 

Andrei Sakharov worked at the facility now called the Russian Federal Nuclear Center – All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics.

Russian Academy of Sciences President Alexander Sergeev noted that the idea to name the Mayak Academy after Sakharov was spontaneous.

“The initiative was first proposed by Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, and it was immediately approved both by the Anniversary Organising Committee I am heading and Russian authorities. Andrei Sakharov was undoubtedly a visionary. He had foresight and paved the way to the future. The Mayak Academy also provides a glimpse into the future,” Sergeev said. 

Alexey Likhachev, Rosatom Director General, explained the logic behind naming the Academy.

“Professor Sakharov left his mark on the greatest scientific discoveries of the 20th century. His research was key to enhancing Russia’s defense and security. It was a breakthrough for the nuclear science and a boost for the Soviet nuclear program. We proposed to name Rosatom’s new training and cultural center in Nizhny Novgorod – the Mayak Academy – after Andrei Sakharov as a way to pay tribute to this outstanding person,” Likhachev said.

Following the ceremony, the Mayak Academy hosted the International Science for Peace and Development Dialogue Forum, sponsored by the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.

The forum was dedicated to the ethical aspects of science and technology and the extent of a scientist’s responsibility for their discoveries.

The Mayak Academy is a joint project of Rosatom State Corporation and the government of Nizhny Novgorod.