Roald Sagdeev

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Sagdeev, Roal’d Zinnurovich


Born Dec. 26, 1932, in Moscow. Soviet physicist. Academician of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1968; corresponding member, 1964).

Sagdeev graduated from Moscow State University in 1955. From 1956 to 1961 he worked at the Institute of Atomic Energy. From 1961 to 1970 he was head of a laboratory at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Siberian Division of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, and from 1970 to 1973, at the academy’s Institute of High-temperature Physics. Since 1973 he has been director of the Space Research Institute.

Sagdeev’s main work has been devoted to plasma physics. He has studied fluctuations and instabilities in plasma and has discovered the existence in it of so-called collisionless shock waves. He developed the theory of transfer processes in toka-maks. Sagdeev has been awarded the Order of the October Revolution and the Order of the Red Banner of Labor.


“Udarnye volny v razrezhennoi plazme.” In the collection Voprosy teoriiplazmy, vol. 4. Moscow, 1964.
“Nelineinaia teoriia plazmy.” Ibid., vol. 7. Moscow, 1972.
“Neoklassicheskaia teoriia protsessov perenosa.” Ibid, vol. 7. Moscow, 1972.
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