Lev Petrovich Gor'kov

June 14, 1929December 28, 2016

Dr. Lev Gor'kov, 87, professor of physics and leading theorist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, passed away on December 28, 2016 of natural causes. Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1929, Dr. Gor'kov was a founding member of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to moving to the United States in 1991, he was co-founder and department head of Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics of the USSR Academy of Sciences and, simultaneously, chaired Theoretical Physics Problems Department in the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, one of the leading universities in the Soviet Union.

Dr. Gor’kov graduated from the Moscow Institute of Mechanics and received his doctoral degree from Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems in Moscow. He belonged to the last generation of scientists who were direct disciples of famous Soviet theorist Lev Landau. Gor'kov’s contributions to science spanned a wide range of modern physics and reflected the unique style of the Landau school. He was internationally renowned for his contribution to condensed matter physics and especially for pioneering work in the field of superconductivity. Dr. Gor'kov had been the recipient of many prestigious international awards throughout his illustrious career; he was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Physical Society; he held honorary degrees from the City University of New York and the University of Illinois. Dr. Gor'kov was awarded the Eugene Feenberg Medal, the Humboldt Research Award, the John Bardeen Prize, the Ugo Fano Medal, and the Lenin Prize, the USSR's highest award for scientific achievement.

Lev will be remembered as an accomplished scientist whose work had impacted many scientific communities. He will also be remembered as a mentor by many of his students who teach and do research in tens of universities and labs around the world; the author of the monograph that during half a century served as the table book for generations of students, and as a gentle friend who had a keen sense of humor and a penchant for making whimsical drawings. He is survived by his wife Donara Gorkova; three children and five grandchildren. A private service was held at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home. Expressions of condolences may be made at family wishes to thank all those who cared for him during the last weeks of his life.


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Emmanuel Rashba

January 23, 2018

In the memory of Lev Gor'kov, a great scientist and a dear friend for 50 years.

Andrei Lebed

January 12, 2017

I am very sad. My former Ph.D. advisor, a physicist of a Nobel Prize caliber, Lev Petrovich Gor'kov died. Several generations of theoretical physicists were matured by reading his famous book, the so-called AGD Abrikosov, Gor'kov, and Dzyaloshinskii book. In addition, the Landau Institute seminar, where Lev Petrovich was a leader for many years, gave us invaluable experience. A great man died. Nothing else can be added.

Alexey Kovalev

January 6, 2017

Very sad news. I knew about Lev Gor'kov's brilliant work since I was an undergraduate student, as many other thousands of physicists did. My condolences to the family.

Mary Desilets

December 31, 2016

We are so very sorry for your loss. Peter you and your family are in our prayers.
Richard and Mary Desilets

Emmanuel Rashba

December 30, 2016

To Lev Gor'kov, a great scientist and dear friend