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Victor Antonovich SADOVNICHY

Born April 3, 1939 in Krasnopavlovka, Kharkov Region.

Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University. Full member of the Russian Academy of Science Mathematics Department, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Section (1997, corresponding member since 1994). Bureau member of the Russian Academy of Science Mathematics Department (1996). Member of the Russian Academy of Science Presidium (1996).

Victor Sadovnichy started his working life in 1956 as a loader and timberman at the Komsomolets mine (Gorlovka, Donetsk region). He graduated from the Moscow State University Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics in 1963 with a degree in Mathematics. In 1967 Victor Sadovnichy got a Candidate degree in Physics and Mathematics. After finishing his post-graduate studies, Sadovnichy stayed to work at MSU first as an assistant lecturer, then as an assistant professor, professor, Academic Research Deputy Dean at the Mechanics and Mathematics Faculty, the Chair of the Functional Analysis and its Applications at the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics (1981-1982). He is a Doctor of Physics and Mathematics (1974), professor (1975). V. Sadovnichy was a professor and incumbent of the Chair (1982-1988) and the Chair of the Mathematical Analysis of the Mechanics and Mathematics (since 1988). He was the Deputy First Pro Rector (1980-1982), Pro Rector for Academic and Research Activities of Natural Science Faculties (1982-1984), the First Pro Rector (1984-1992), the Head of MSU Institute of Complex Systems Mathematical Research (1995).

For over 30 years, Victor Sadovnichy has been teaching such foundation courses in Mathematics as "Mathematical Analysis", "Functional Analysis" etc., at the MSU Mechanics and Mathematics Faculty. Victor Sadovnichy is a founder and the head of the Moscow seminars on the spectral theory (1967). Victor Sadovnichy is a prominent expert in Mathematics, Mechanics and Computer Science areas. His research activity is focused on mathematical modeling and mathematical methods of information processing. He has made a considerable contribution to the development of Spectral Theory of Differential Operators by arriving at final conclusions in the theory of differential operators' traces that have become a part of the respective sections of modern functional analysis. Under his supervision a number of mathematical methods of space information processing that allowed to advance in solving the problem of deciphering (image recognition) of space survey have been developed. He has made important findings in mathematical justification of some approaches in relativist gravitation theory. He has developed a new approach to analyzing complex processes - dynamic simulation of controlled flights and movement, specifically, directing the flight of a spaceship and a flight vehicle. He is the author of unique developments of mathematical support of simulators, which allowed, for the first time in the history of space science, to carry out an end-to-end consequent simulation modeling of all stages of aerospace flight, including the zero-gravity phase. These simulators were used in pre-flight training by more than fifty Russian and foreign astronauts.

Victor Sadovnichy has carried out research in mathematical theory of complex systems - one of the most significant and at the same time difficult, in terms of mathematics, areas of modern natural sciences. V. Sadovnichy supervised the research project "Motion control during sensor problems in microgravity and information support of maximal visual stabilization quality control of space object" that was distinguished with a Russian State Award in 2001.

Victor Sadovnichy has supervised dissertation research of 65 Candidates of Science and 15 Doctor of Science, including scientists from Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Algeria, Egypt and other countries. He is the author of over 450 academic publications, including 60 monographs and textbooks widely used in universities both in Russia and abroad, such as the textbook on functional analysis "Theory of operators" (several editions), classic calculus textbooks "Calculus" (co-authored in two volumes), "A Course in Calculus" (in two volumes), three-volume calculus problem book and two problem books that summarize the experience of all Math Contests for university students. His publications also include such renowned monographs as "Dynamic Simulation Math Problems", "Spectral analysis of multi-particle Schrodinger operator" etc.

Victor Sadovnichy was elected Rector by the MSU Council of Academic Councils at the first democratic rector elections on March 23, 1992. At the next elections (1996, 2001 and 2005) he was reelected. He was appointed rector of Moscow State University (2009, 2014) by President decree. During his office, Moscow State University was granted a status of Russian self-governing (autonomous) higher education facility (1992), the St. Tatiana Chapel was reopened (1995), a new MSU Charter was adopted (2008) and the following new faculties were created:

  • Faculty of Fundamental Medicine (1992),
  • Faculty of Public Administration (1993),
  • Higher School of Business Administration (Faculty) (2001),
  • Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts (2001),
  • Faculty of Bioengineering and Bioinformatics (2002),
  • Faculty of World Politics (2003),
  • Higher School of Translation and Interpreting (Faculty) (2004),
  • MSU School of Economics (Faculty) (2004),
  • Faculty of Physics and Chemistry (2006, since 2011 - Faculty of Fundamental Physical and Chemical Engineering),
  • Graduate School of Business Administration (Faculty) (2005),
  • Higher School of Administration and Innovation (Faculty - Corporate University) (2006),
  • Higher School of State Audit (Faculty) (2006),
  • Higher School of Innovation Business (Faculty - Corporate University) (2006),
  • Higher School of Television (Faculty) (2006),
  • Higher School of Modern Social Sciences (Faculty) (2006),
  • Faculty of Political Science (2008),
  • Higher School of Policy in Culture and Management in the Sphere of Humanities (2011),
  • Faculty of Biotechnology (2013),
  • Innovation-Technological Center "MSU Science Park" (1992),
  • Academic-Research Museum of MSU history (1993),
  • Institute of Complex Systems Mathematical Research (1995),
  • MSU campus in Sevastopol (1999),
  • Kazakhstan MSU campus in Astana (2000),
  • MSU campus in Tashkent (Uzbekistan, 2006),
  • MSU campus in Baku (Azerbaijan, 20089),
  • MSU campus in Dushanbe (Tajikistan, 2009),
  • MSU campus in Yerevan (2015),
  • 100 new Chairs in new promising research areas were opened,
  • MSU rep offices were opened in China and the USA;

The new MSU Fundamental Library, Medical Research Center and modern educational buildings were built.

Victor Sadovnichy is

  • The President of the Moscow Naturalist Society (2000),
  • A member of the Presidential Committee on the Russian Federation Citizenship (1993).
  • A member of the Presidential Committee on the Russian Language (1995).
  • A member of the Presidential Council for Science and Technology Policy (1995).
  • A member of the Academic Council under the auspices of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
  • A member of the Presidential Council for Science, Technology and Education (2004).
  • A member of the Presidential Council for implementation of top-priority national projects and demographic policy (2005).
  • The President of the Russian Union of Rectors (1994), uniting up to 700 of Russian universities and other higher education facilities.
  • The President of Eurasian University Association (1992).
  • A member of the Standing Committee of the Conference of European Rectors (?R?).
  • Deputy Chairman of the UNESCO Standing Committee in Russia.
  • A full member of the:
    • Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (1990),
    • Academy of Technological Sciences (1991),
    • Academy of Creativity (1992),
    • Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Science (1997),
    • And Vice-President of the International Academy of Higher School (1992).
    • International Astronaut Academy (1998).
    • Executive Committee of the European Academy (1998).
  • An honorary member of the:
    • Ukrainian National Academy of Science,
    • Georgian Academy of Science,
    • Russian Academy of Education,
    • Russian Academy of Fine Arts.
  • A foreign member of the National Academy of Science of Kazakhstan (2005) and many other national academies abroad.
  • Honorary doctor and professor of many Russian and international universities:
    • Honorary Doctor of:
      • Lomonosov Pomorsky State University (1994),
      • People's Friendship University of Russia (1995),
      • Doctor of Rostov State University (was awarded the University Order of Merit, 2005),
      • Amur University (1995),
      • Mongolia State University (1992),
      • Soka University (Japan, 1992),
      • Stambul University (Turkey, 1993),
      • Crna Gora University (FRY Montenegro, 1994),
      • Vietnam National University (1997),
      • Soka Women's College (Japan, 1998),
      • SUNY University of International Programs (USA, 1998),
      • Tashkent University (Republic of Uzbekistan, 1994),
      • Belarus State University (Republic of Belarus, 1995),
      • Samarqand State University (2002),
      • Honorary doctor of technical science of Tokai University (Japan),
      • Honorary doctor of Nottingham University (2005);
    • Honorary professor of:
      • Kuban State University (2006),
      • Saratov State Socio-Economic University (2006),
      • Baku State University (2006),
      • Chelyabinsk University (1999),
      • Tomsk University (2004),
      • Soka University (Japan, 1998),
      • Al-Farabi Kazakh State National University (1998),
      • University "Браћaћ-Kapић" (Union republic Yugoslavia)
      • Honorary member of International Solvay Institutes (Belgium, 1998),
      • Professor of International Academy of Marketing and Management;
  • Member of editorial boards of many leading Russian and international academic journals on Mathematics and Computer Science, including "The Moscow State University Bulletin, Series: Mathematics. Mechanics", "I.G. Petrovsky Seminar Works", "Computer Science and Education".
  • Honored with Orders
    • Order of the Red Banner (1980, 1986),
    • The third (1999), second (2005) and forth (2009) degree Order for Service to the Fatherland,
  • Honored with Orders of the Russian Orthodox Church:
    • The second degree Order of Saint Blessed Prince Daniil of Moscow (1997),
    • The second degree Order of Saint Innokenty,
    • Order of Moscow and Kolomna Metropolitan (1999),
    • The second (2002) and first (2009) degree Order of Venerable Sergiy Radonezhskiy.
  • Medals:
    • "For Heroic Labor. In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of V.I. Lenin 's Birthday" (1970),
    • M. V. Keldysh Gold Medal for a series of works on Spectral Operator Theory,
    • USSR Exhibition of National Achievements Silver Medal (1980),
    • Memorial medal "Author of the best scientific discovery" (RANS, 1990),
  • Recipient of a number of foreign awards:
    • Commander of the Legion of Honour (France, 1997),
    • Order of the Legion of Honour (France, 2005),
    • Third, second and first degree Order "For Merits" (Ukraine),
    • Francisc Scorina Order (Belarus),
    • Dostyk Order (Kazakhstan, 1998),
    • Danaker Order (Kyrgyzstan, 2003),
    • Order of Diplomatic Service Merit (Korea, 2004),
    • Gold Honorary Decoration "Public Recognition" (2003).
  • Laureate of the:
    • USSR State Award (1989),
    • Russian Federation State Award (2001),
    • Russian Federation Government Education Award (2006),
    • Presidential Peace and Spiritual Harmony Award (Kazakhstan, 1998),
    • Award of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic Presidential Barbaryi National Renaissance Foundation (1995),
    • Kazakhstan Republic State Award (2004).
  • Awarded a commendation of the Russian President for preparing and hosting the First CIS Forum of Artistic and Academic Intelligentsia (2006).
  • Recognized with the:
    • Public Award "National Grandeur" - The First Degree Order "Responsibility and Nobility" for Meritorious Service in the Area of Research-Education and Socially Responsible Actions (2006),
    • Ivan Kalita Honorary Award of the Moscow Trade and Commerce Chamber (2008).
  • Elected Honorary Citizen of Moscow (2008).

Victor Sadovnichy is married and is a father of three children.