Viktor Ambartsumian Prize is being awarded to outstanding scientists having significant contribution in physical-mathematical sciences from any country and nationality. The Prize totals USD 500,000 and is being awarded once each two years, starting with 2010.
Necessary documents for nomination
|1. Statement of scientific results or achievements, which are being nominated |
|2. Curriculum Vitae of the nominee |
|3. List of refereed publications of the nominee |
| 4. Three letters of recommendation |
|5. Other documents that might be important for the decision |
|September 18, each odd year || Call for nominations |
| March 18, each even year || Deadline for nominations |
| July 18, each even year || Deadline for decisions |
| September 18, each even year || |
Award of Viktor Ambartsumian Prize
of academician V.A. Ambartsumian International Science Prize award
I. General statements
1.1. With a purpose of perpetuation of the National Hero of Armenia, celebrated scientist academician V.A. Ambartsumian’s memory, as well as for the promotion of development of his scientific heritage, the National Hero of Armenia, academician V.A. Ambartsumian International Science Prize has been established by the President of RA as equivalent Drams to 500000 US dollars.
1.2. The academician V.A. Ambartsumian Prize is being awarded by the President of Republic of Armenia.
1.3. Suggestions on the academician V.A. Ambartsumian Prize are being psented by the special Committee attached to the Presidium of NAS RA, the staff of which is being established by the Government of RA by the psentation of the Presidium of NAS RA.
1.4. The academician V.A. Ambartsumian Prize includes cash award, diploma of V.A. Ambartsumian Prize winner, honorable mark (medal) and its corresponding certificate.
1.5. The academician V.A. Ambartsumian Prize is being awarded to scientists of any country of the world for unique scientific works in the fields of astrophysics, as well as the fields of physics and mathematics adjacent to the scientific activity connected with V.A. Ambartsumian.
1.6. To applying for the Prize, a work may be psented by an author or authors’ group (not
more than 3 persons). The cash award is being equally shared between the applicants,
and the diploma, the medal and the certificate are being awarded to each applicant.
The Prize may not be awarded to an applicant for the second time.
1.7. The Prize is awarded every 2 years and 2010 is considered as the first award year.
1.8. In the absence of deserved candidates among the applicants for V.A. Ambartsumian Prize, the mentioned Prize is not being awarded in the given year.
II. Nomination of works for V.A. Ambartsumian Prize request
2.1. The right for the nomination of works for V.A. Ambartsumian Prize request is reserved to:
- Nobel Prize Winners,
- Presidiums of national academies of sciences,
- scientific councils of astronomical observatories,
- councils of corresponding departments of universities.
2.2. A nomination for the application of V.A. Ambartsumian Prize is not allowed in case if his/her psented work has already been psented for another international prize.
2.3. Organizations nominating a work for a prize, should psent: - justified description including scientific characteristic of the work and its scientific importance with an appendix of printed or otherwise published scientific works of the applicant,
- general annotations with reports of three referees,
- detailed information on the author/authors.
III. Rules of consideration of works
3.1. Works are considered by the Prize Committee of 9 persons created by the Government of RA attached to the Presidium of National Academy of Sciences (NAS RA).
3.2. 1/3 of personnel of the Committee is being re-elected every 2 years.
3.3. The committee submits the selected works for peer review to various international scientific organizations and individual specialists. The results of the review are being described in a justified conclusion. For each nomination at least two independent conclusions must be received. The nominations that receive negative conclusions are not psented to the consideration of the Committee. In the psence of positive and negative reports the work is being submitted for additional review.
3.4. On the basis of received documents the Committee defines the winner of V.A. Ambartsumian Prize by secret ballot by 2/3 of Committee members’ votes. If by the results of the first phase no applicant receives more than 2/3 of votes, a second vote phase is being held. If more than one applicant receives more than 2/3 of votes, a second phase is also being held on candidature of these applicants.
3.5. The decision of the Committee is being confirmed by the President of RA. The sitting of the Committee is regarded as legal if not less than 2/3 of members are psent. 3.6. The Prize is being awarded on September 18 (academician V.A. Ambartsumian’s birthday) of each even year at the General Meeting of NAS RA convoked on this occasion. The Prize is being awarded by the President of RA.
IV. Rules of psentation of works
4.1. The call for the participation in the contest for V.A. Ambartsumian Prize is being published in the mass media and international scientific journals (including Internet webpages) not later than one year before the date of award.
4.2. The works with corresponding documents are being psented not later than 6 months after the call.
4.3. Works for the Prize are being psented in English.
4.4. Documents are being submitted to the Committee at address: 0019, Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Marshal Baghramyan ave. 24, Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences. V.A. Ambartsumian Prize Committee.
V. Maintenance of consideration procedure of documents for V.A. Ambartsumian Prize nomination
5.1. The division of the Presidium of NAS RA, V.A. Ambartsumian Prize office (with 2 staff members), accomplishes the organizational, information, documentary, and juridical works of the Committee connected with the acceptance, consideration, and review of psented materials for the V.A. Ambartsumian Prize nomination. This division works on actions of maintenance of activities of the Prize Committee.
5.2. The financial and material-technical maintenance of the works connected with acceptance, consideration, and review of documents and attached materials, pparation of laureate diploma, medal, and certificate of V.A. Ambartsumian Prize applicants, as well as the organization of the Prize award ceremony is being accomplished by the Presidium of NAS RA, using the budget allocations specified in the budget for these purposes.
Prize committee members
Prof. Radik M. MARTIROSYAN, Chair
President of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Armenia, Academician and Member of the Presidium of NAS RA, Doctor of Sciences, Professor
Research fields: Quantum electronics, applied problems of Superconductivity, Space research, Radio astronomy, Radio physics research methods of remote sensing of Earth
Affiliation: Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics (IRPhE), NAS RA
Address: 24, Marshal Baghramian Ave. Yerevan, 0019, Republic of Armenia
Phone: +374 10 527031
Prof. Geoffrey R. BURBIDGE
Professor of Astrophysics, Senior Editor of the Annual Reviews of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Scientific Editor of the Astrophysical Journal
Research fields: Theoretical Astrophysics: Physics of active galaxies & quasi-stellar objects, nonthermal radiation processes, cosmology, alternative to Big Bang Quasi-Steady State Cosmology
Affiliation: University of California San Diego, Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (UCSD/CASS)
Address: MC 0424, 9500 Gilman Dr US La Jolla CA 92093-0424, U.S.A.
Phone: +1 858 534 6626
Prof. Martin J. REES
Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics and Master of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, Astronomer Royal
Research fields: High energy astrophysics (gamma ray bursts, galactic nuclei, black hole formation and radiative processes), cosmic structure formation (early generation of stars and galaxies)
Affiliation: University of Cambridge, Institute of Astronomy (IoA)
Address: Madingley Rd, GB Cambridge CB3 0HA, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 122 333 7520
Prof. Norair H. ARAKELYAN
Academician-Secretary of the Division of Mathematical and Technical of NAS RA, Academician and Member of the Presidium of NAS RA; Doctor of Sciences, Professor, Director of Inst of Mathematics
Research fields: Complex analysis and approximation theory
Affiliation: Institute of Mathematics, NAS RA
Address: 24B, Marshall Baghramian Ave., 0019, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia
Phone: +374 10 529630
Prof. Catherine J. CESARSKY
President of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), Professor of Astrophysics, Former Director General of ESO
Research fields: space and high energy astrophysics, structure and dynamics of the Galactic system, interstellar matter
Affiliation: CEA-Saclay, DSM / IRFU, Service d’ Astrophysique
Address: L’ Orme des Merisiers Bat 709 FR 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France
Phone: +33 1 69 08 82 35
Prof. Yervant TERZIAN
Professor of Physical Sciences, Director of NASA’s NY State Space Grant Program, Chairman of US Consortium on SKA and of ANSEF Research Council, Foreign Member of NAS RA, Co-President of ArAS
Research fields: physics of the interstellar medium, planetary nebulae, galaxies, radio astronomy
Affiliation: Cornell University, Astronomy Department
Address: 530 Space Sciences Bldg US Ithaca NY 14853-6801, U.S.A.
Phone: +1 607 255 4935
Prof. Gennady S. BISNOVATYI-KOGAN
Professor of Astrophysics, Doctor of Science, Principal Research Associate at Space Research Institute (IKI), member of the Editorial Board of Astrofizika
Research fields: theoretical astrophysics, pulsars and neutron stars, Supernovae, stellar models, theory of black holes, interstellar medium
Affiliation: Space Research Institute of Russian Academy of Science (IKI)
Address: Profsoyuznaya 84/32, RU 117997, Moscow, Russia
Phone: +7 095 333 4588
Prof. Reinhard GENZEL
Managing Director at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Extraterrestrische Physik (Garching, Germany), Scientific Member of the Max-Planck Society, Full Professor of the Univ. of California (Berkeley, CA, USA)
Research fields: Massive black holes and star formation in galaxies, Galactic Center, galaxy formation and evolution, infrared / submillimeter spectroscopy and high resolution imaging, spatial interferometry
Affiliation: MPI fur Extraterrestrische Physik (MPE)
Address: Giessenbachstrasse 1, DE 85748 Garching, Germany
Phone: +49 893 0000 3280
Prof. Robert E. WILLIAMS
President-Elect of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), Professor of Astrophysics, AURA Distinguished Research Scholar (SMO)
Research fields: High resolution spectroscopy; emission-line objects; element abundances; novae; accretion disks
Affiliation: Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
Address: 3700 San Martin Drive US Baltimore MD 21218-2410, U.S.A.
Phone: +1 410 338 4963
Address: Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences
24, Marshal Baghramyan ave., 0019 Yerevan, Republic of Armenia
Dr. Areg M. MICKAELIAN, Scientific secretary of Viktor Ambartsumian prize committee
Anush A. MIKAYELYAN, Executive secretary of Viktor Ambartsumian prize committee