In Memoriam - Professor Anatoly P. Sukhorukov


Professor Anatoly P. Sukhorukov

Anatoly P. Sukhorukov, a well-known and highly-respected Soviet/Russian pioneer and innovator in nonlinear optics, passed away on 10 April 2014, at the age of 78. Professor Sukhorukov was an outstanding scientist, devoted teacher, and a great man. He continued to work very actively until the last days as Head of Chair of Photonics and Microwave Physics at the Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. During his distinguished career, Professor Sukhorukov made many pioneering contributions to the modern wave physics, especially to the theory of nonlinear wave optics and parametric processes, short pulse dynamics, and beam shaping. One of the famous predictions made by Professor Sukhorukov in 1974 was the discovery of self-focusing and soliton formation through parametric interactions in quadratic nonlinear media, which was confirmed experimentally only 20 years later and gave birth to a new direction in nonlinear optics.

Professor Sukhorukov had close links with CUDOS and contributed strongly to a number of CUDOS activities. He visited Nonlinear Physics Centre (ANU) CUDOS node several times, and took part in two CUDOS workshops (2006 in Hervey Bay and 2012 in Shoal Bay).

Professor Sukhorukov always devoted much time and efforts in mentoring young researchers, and shaped scientific careers of many physicists now working at various places around the globe, including our bright CUDOS researcher Dr Irina Kabakova.