In memory of the Global Energy Prize laureate RAS academician Fyodor Mitenkov
The outstanding Russian scientist, the Global Energy Prize laureate 2004 Russian Academy of Sciences academician Fyodor Mitenkov died on November 9, 2016. The scholar’s contribution to the development of Russian science and atomic energy can not be overestimated. The academician Mitenkov’s name is closely related to the development of nuclear power generating systems for civil and military purposes. The scientist’s work made it possible the leadership of our country in the area of ice-breakers’ construction industry and development of fast-neutron nuclear reactors.
Fyodor Mitenkov is the author of 40 innovations, 300 publications and reports. He managed to work his way up from an ordinary engineer to a director and general constructor at the Africantov I. I. Experimental Engineering Design Bureau (EEDB). The scientist started his work there in November, 1950 upon graduating from the faculty of Physics at Saratov State University.
Under the Fyodor Mitenkov’s leadership in 1969-1997 EEDB entered a new level of development, having changed into a major multidisciplinary design-and-engineering organization with highly qualified team of engineers, calculators, analysts working with first-class experimental and industrial base. The scientist himself introduced series of ideas on nuclear reactors’ construction and nuclear equipment.
The scientist was awarded the Global Energy Prize for developing the physical and technical fundamentals that lead to the creation of a new series of fast-breeder nuclear reactors for power generation. Under his supervision there were developed atomic steam generating systems for nuclear-powered ice-breakers, atomic submarines and naval surface ship; fast-neutron nuclear reactors: operating reactor BN-600 and a reactor BN-800, as well as nuclear reactors for district heating nuclear plants.
Fyodor Mitenkov was twice awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of the October Revolution, the Order of the Red Banner of Labour and many other medals. In 2002 he was awarded the title of “International Scientist of the Year 2002” by the International Biographic Center in Cambridge.
From 2006 to 2008 the scientist chaired the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee. This responsible position showed Fyodor Mitenkov as a true scientist and a man of principal.
The Global Energy Association expresses deep condolences to the scientist’s family, relatives and friends.