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Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov

Alexei Abrikosov
Born Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov
(1928-06-25) June 25, 1928
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Fields Physics
Alma mater
Known for
Notable awards
Spouse Svetlana Yuriyevna Bunkova (m. 1977)
Children 3

Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov ([3][4][5]


  • Education and early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Honours and awards 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5

Education and early life

Abrikosov was born in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, on June 25, 1928, to a couple of physicians: Prof. Alexei Ivanovich Abrikosov and Dr. Fani Abrikosova, née Wulf. He graduated from Moscow State University in 1948. From 1948 to 1965, he worked at the Institute for Physical Problems of the USSR Academy of Sciences, where he received his Ph.D. in 1951 for the theory of thermal diffusion in plasmas, and then his Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences degree in 1955 for a thesis on quantum electrodynamics at high energies.


From 1965 to 1988, he worked at the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics (USSR Academy of Sciences). He has been a professor at Moscow State University since 1965. In addition, he held tenure at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology from 1972 to 1976, and at the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys from 1976 to 1991. He served as a full member of the USSR Academy of Sciences from 1987 to 1991. In 1991, he became a full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In two works in 1952 and 1957, Abrikosov explained how magnetic flux can penetrate a class of superconductors. This class of materials is known as type-II superconductors. The accompanying arrangement of magnetic flux lines is called the Abrikosov vortex lattice.

Since 1991, he has been working at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. Abrikosov is an Argonne Distinguished Scientist at the Condensed Matter Theory Group in Argonne’s Materials Science Division. His recent research has focused on the origins of magnetoresistance, a property of some materials that change their resistance to electrical flow under the influence of a magnetic field.[6][7][8][9][10]

Honours and awards

Abrikosov was awarded the Lenin Prize in 1966, the Fritz London Memorial Prize in 1972, and the USSR State Prize in 1982. In 1989 he received the Landau Prize from the Academy of Sciences, Russia. Two years later, in 1991, Abrikosov was awarded the Sony Corporation’s John Bardeen Award. The same year he was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[11] He is also a member of the Royal Academy of London, a fellow of the American Physical Society, and in 2000 was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. He was the co-recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics, with Vitaly Ginzburg and Anthony James Leggett, for theories about how matter can behave at extremely low temperatures. Other awards include:

Personal life

Abrikosov is the son of the physician Alexei Ivanovich Abrikosov. He married Svetlana Yuriyevna Bunkova in 1977 and has 3 children.


  1. ^ a b "Fellows of the Royal Society". London:  
  2. ^ a b "Alexei A. Abrikosov, Argonne National Laboratory". National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 2015-08-19. 
  3. ^ a b Alexei A. Abrikosov. Autobiography., the official website of the Nobel Prize, 2003
  4. ^ Abrikosov Biography and Bibliographic Resources, from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, United States Department of Energy
  5. ^ A Short Biography of Abrikosov, on the website of the Material Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory
  6. ^ Abrikosov, A. A. “Theory of an Unusual Metal-Insulator Transition in Layered High-Tc Cuprates”, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, United States Department of Energy,(August 28, 2003).
  7. ^ Abrikosov, A. A. “Theory of High-{Tc} Superconducting Cuprates Based on Experimental Evidence”, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, United States Department of Energy,(Dec. 10, 1999).
  8. ^ Abrikosov, A. A. “New Developments in the Theory of HTSC (High Temperature Superconductors)”, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, United States Department of Energy, Office of Energy Research,(Sept. 1994).
  9. ^ Abrikosov, A. A. "On the magnetic properties of superconductors of the second group", Soviet Physics JETP 5, 1174 (1957), page scans of the original article.
  10. ^ “Argonne Scientist Wins 2003 Nobel Prize for Physics” McGregor, S., Oct. 7, 2003, press release.
  11. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
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