Pokrovsky Named Distinguished Professor
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Physicist Valery L. Pokrovsky has been named a Distinguished Professor of Physics by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
Pokrovsky joined the physics faculty at Texas A&M in 1992, and his areas of research include scattering theory, statistical mechanics, two-dimensional systems, magnetism, superconductivity and the quantum Hall effect.
“Pokrovsky has made lasting contributions to many areas of physics – his greatest contribution is the concept of scaling, which is now of central importance in understanding the behavior of substances near phase transitions,” notes a colleague.
After receiving an M.S. and Ph.D. in the former Soviet Union, Pokrovsky was the head of laboratory for theoretical physics at the Institute of Radiophysics and the Institute of Semiconductor Physics in the Siberian Branch of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. He received a doctoral degree in physics and mathematics from Novosibirsk University and was a section head at the Landau Institute of Theoretical Physics.
Pokrovsky has supervised more than 30 graduate students and is the editor of the International Journal of Modern Physics and Modern Physics Letters.
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