IN MEMORY OF ALEXANDER SUVOROV
Alexander Leonidovich Suvorov, the director of the State Science Center of Russian Federation – Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP) suddenly passed away on 18 June 2005.
Alexander Leonidovich was born in 1943 in Sverdlovsk. In 1944 the Suvorovs moved to Moscow. There they happed to reside in a unique house, where their neighbors were the known scientists, practically all working at the Atomic Energy Institute. Adults and kids lived in harmony, much communicating with each other. The very air of the house suggested no other ways for the children than to go only to science, only to physics. Therefore, in 1961, after finishing the secondary school and working for a year at the ITEP as a laboratory assistant, Alexander Leonidovich entered the Moscow Institute for Engineering and Physics (MIEP), and after graduating from it in 1967
he again came back to the ITEP.
Alexander Leonidovich used to say: “I have three places, three homes, where I feel myself comfortably and to where I go with pleasure. These are my family, my Institute – ITEP, and my higher educational institution – MIEP”. Four decades of his life were given to his dear Institute. For that period Alexander Leonidovich went a way from an engineer to the Director of the Institute, becoming first a Candidate of Sciences, then the Doctor of Sciences, Professor. A talented scientist of broad scientific views Alexander Leonidovich was a foremost authority in the field of radiation solid-state physics, reactor materials science, surface physics. Being one of the pioneers of native fieldion microscope studies, he actually established and developed at the ITEP an independent line of research – field ion microscopy of radiation defects on the surface and in the bulk of solids. In the context of this line of research, fundamental scientific results were obtained on the formation of primary radiation defects and their behavior in solids (metals and alloys, semiconductors and high Tc superconductors), on the development and evolution of atomic displacement cascades, propagation of focused collision chains, sputtering of surface atoms, subthreshold effects.In recent years, on the initiative and under the guidance of A.L. Suvorov, the ITEP scientists have mastered new modern techniques of ultramicroscopy: tomographic atom-probe microscopy, scanning tunneling and atomic power microscopies. These techniques are advantageously used for atomic-scale studies of radiation damaging of solids, as well as for examination and identification of biological objects, in particular, viruses. Alexander Leonidovich was a Vice-Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences on radiation solid-state physics, a Member of the Scientific-Technical Council of RosAtom, he headed the Organizing Committees of international forums, the Moscow International School of Physics under ITEP. «У меня есть три места, три дома, где я чувствую себя комфортно и куда я с радостью иду – это моя семья, мой Институт – ИТЭФ и мой вуз – МИФИ» – это слова Александра Леонидовича. Четыре десятилетия его жизни отданы родному Институту. За это время Александр Леонидович прошел путь от инженера до директора института, стал кандидатом, а затем доктором физико-математических наук, профессором. Талантливый ученый, обладающий широким научным кругозором, Александр Леонидович был крупнейшим специалистом в области радиационной физики твердого тела, реакторного материаловедения, физики поверхности. Один из пионеров отечественных автоионномикроскопических исследований, он фактически создал и развил в ИТЭФ самостоятельное направление – автоионную микроскопию радиационных дефектов Suvorov Alexander Leonidovich (15.11. 1943 – 18.06. 2005)