Viacheslav Belyi

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Viacheslav Belyi
Viachelav V. Belyi

(1945-08-08)August 8, 1945
Termez, Uzbekistan
DiedMay 20, 2020(2020-05-20) (aged 74)
Troitsk Moscow, Russia
Alma materMoscow State University
Spouse(s)Ludmila Galakhmatova
Scientific career
  • Physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • IZMIRAN, Russian Federation
  • Universite Libre de Bruxelles
Doctoral advisorYuri Klimontovich

Viachelav V. Belyi, also referred to as Slava Belyi (1 August 1945 – 20 May 2020) was a Russian scientist, specialised in physics-thermodynamics, Laureate of a scientist Prize of the Russian Federation (1991, together with Irina Veretennikoff and Yuri Klimontovich), junior, then senior and finally chief scientist at IZMIRAN (1971-2020), collaborator of Nobel prize Laureate Ilya Prigogine in 1980s and 1990s with an external affiliation to the Laboratoire de physique des plasmas at the ULB (Brussels, Belgium).


Born in Termez, Uzbekistan, a town bordering Afghanistan. His father originated from eastern Ukraine, the current area of Dnipro and his mother's origins were from Central Russia. At the age of 17 he moved to Moscow to study at the Moscow State University. He married Ludmila Galakhmatova (b. 1947), a daughter of an industrialist from Urals, Nizhnyi Tagil. After their wedding in 1972, they moved to Troitsk, a scientific town in Moscow's neighborhood. With the marriage, he was a brother-in-law of another Russian scientist Andrey Slavnov who married Ludmila's sister. Had a daughter Anna (b. 1974) and a son Andrei (b. 1975) who is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law of the University of Eastern Finland.[1] Died from Covid-19 on May 2020.[2]

Academic career

Graduated from the Faculty of Physics, Moscow State University in 1969. Obtained a degree of candidate of science in 1971 and received a title of a doctor of science in 1988. Since 1971 he has worked in Izmiran. Specialised in kinetic theory quantum phenomena in plasma (see publications list below).

In 1982 he collaborated with Nobel Prize in Chemistry Ilya Prigogine Ilya Prigogine. He received a status of a visiting researcher to Solvay Institute and Centre for Statistical Physics and Plasma at the University Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)[3]

In 1991, together with Irina Veretennikoff and Yuri Klimontovich (his scientific supervisor) was granted the National Scientific Prize of the Russian Federation[4]

In 1992 accompanied Prigogine to visit Mikhail Gorbachev.[5]

In 1991, 1996 and 2001 visited French foundation for prospective research called Les Treilles Foundation[6] for events and scientific activities.[7]

In latest years, he worked on fluctuation-dissipation theorem for the case of an inhomogeneous plasma[8] In 2018 V. Belyi published an article in Nature Scientific Reports[9] where he did put under question earlier obtained results on Thomson theorem [10] . The scholarly debate engendered further attention to the implications for Thomson scattering spectra for inhomogeneous plasmas [11]


  1. UEF webpage,
  2. Izmiran ad memoram, 20 May 2020
  3. I. Antoniou A. Goldbeter R. Lefever, Complexity: Microscopic and macroscopic aspects, Workshop in Honor of Ilya Prigogine on the occasion of his 85th birthday,
  4. List of Laureats of Russian Federation State Prize 1988-2003,
  5. Troitskyj Variant, online portal, 29 May 2020,
  6. About Les Treilles URL:
  7. LesTreilles, List of visitors
  8. Research profile of V.Belyi,
  9. V.V. Belyi, "Thomson scattering in inhomogeneous plasmas: The Role of the Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem", Nature Scientific Reports, May 2018,
  10. V.V.Belyi, "Comments to the ”Theory of Thomson scattering in inhomogeneous media”, Cornell Univ. archive, 2017, URL:
  11. Beuermann, T.-N.; Redmer, R.; Bornath, Th. (2019-05-13). "Thomson scattering from dense inhomogeneous plasmas". Physical Review E. 99 (5): 053205. doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.99.053205. ISSN 2470-0045.

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