Yevgeny Velikhov was born in 1935. He graduated from the Physical Department of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1958.Dr. Velikhov’s scientific interests centre around plasma physics, controlled thermonuclear fusion, high-power pulsed MHD-generators, power engineering, and gas and technological lasers.Throughout his professional career he has authored over 1500 scientific publications and had a number of inventions and discoveries.He is the President of the Russian Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”, a title that he has held since 1992.He has been awarded the USSR State Prize (1977), the Lenin Prize (1984) and the RF State Prize (2003) and named an Honorary Member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences and the A.F.Ioffe PhTI.