“I visited him in the hospital, he was completing treatment. It seemed to me that he was feeling fine. He had prepared a letter to President and Prime Minister on scientific development,” he said.
Zhores Alferov was born in Vitebsk on March 30, 1930. After completing high school, he was enrolled at Electrotechnical Institute in Leningrad without entrance exams,and graduated from it with honors in 1952. He was elected a corresponding member of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1972, and a full member in 1979.
In 2000, Alferov received the Nobel Prize in Physics together with US scientists Jack Kilby and Herbert Kroemer, “for developing semiconductor heterostructures used in high-speed-and optoelectronics”.