Department of Physics & Astronomy

Valery Pokrovsky

Distinguished Professor

Valery Pokrovsky


V.L Pokrovsky graduated from Kharkov University (Ukraine) as MS in 1953, defended PhD at Tomsk University (Russia) 1957 and Doctor of Physics and Mathematics (highest degree) at Siberian Branch of Soviet Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk in 1962. Worked in Novosibirsk till 1966, then at Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Chernogolovka, Moscow region, Russia. He is a specialist in Theoretical Physics, His main works are on basic problems of Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Physics, Magnetism, Superconductivity and Superfluidity. Starting from 1992 he is Professor at Department of Physics (later Physics and Astronomy) of TAMU. From 1998 he was named a Distinguished Professor. His awards include Landau Prize (1982) of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (together with A.Z. Patashinskii) for fundamental works on Phase Transition Theory; Onsager Prize (2005) of the American Physical Society for original and important contributions in Statistical Physics; Humboldt Prize (2000) for a Senior American Scientist of the Humboldt Association (Germany). Among his former PhD students are such luminaries as Dr. A.I. Kitaev, Professor of Theoretical Physics and Computer Science at Caltech, winner of Mac Artur and Milner prizes; members of Russian Academy of Sciences A.M. Dykhne (deceased) and A.V. Chaplik. In total he supervised about 50 PhD students. 10 of them are full University professors in USA or Scientists at National Laboratories; 30 became full professors at Russian Universities or work in Institutes of Russain Academy of Sciences,

Awards and Recognition

  • Onsager Prize (American Physical Society, 2005)
  • Humboldt Award for a Senior American Scientist (Humboldt Foundation, Germany, 2000)
  • Landau Prize (Academy of Sciences of USSR, 1982)