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First chairman - academician Albert Nikiforovich Tavkhelidze (1930-2010)

A.N. Tavkhelidze

Albert Nikiforovich Tavkhelidze is a prominent theoretician working in particle and high-energy physics. An apprentice and collaborator of N.N. Bogolyubov, he is world-famous for works on quantum field theory and particle physics. In collaboration with N.N. Bogolyubov and B.V. Struminsky he introduced new quantum number - "color" of quarks which helped to solve the difficulties of quark model of hadrons. SU(3) gauge symmetry related to this quantum number is the basis for quantum chromodynamics - standard theory of strong interactions. In collaboration with V.A. Matveev and R.M. Muradyan he has discovered general behavior of elastic cross sections in scattering of hadrons at large transfer momenta. Recently there has been an outburst of interest to this result related to AdS/CFT correspondance.

A.N. Tavkhelidze is founder and first director of the Institute for Nuclear Research RAS.

To learn more about scientific results of A.N. Tavkhelidze see http://www.inr.ru/tavkhelidze/index.html