Nobel Prize winner Zhores Alferov dies at 88

Nobel Prize winner Zhores Alferov dies at 88

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Moscow, Mar 2 : The Nobel Laureate, State Duma (lower house) deputy Zhores Alferov died at the age of 88 in St Petersburg, the Communist Party’s leader Gennady Zyuganov on Saturday said.

Shortly before dying he wrote a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on scientific development in Russia, TASS reported.

"Alferov created such an amazing academic institution where young talented mathematicians are able to integrate knowledge working on cutting-edge equipment," Zyuganov said.

"As a deputy, as a person he assumed endless efforts to fortify (the Russian) science and education, he was Ambassador for Peace from our country, he had a lot of friends from all over the world, including from America," the politician said, adding that Alferov "contributed his talent to make Skolkovo the foundry of best technologies and manpower."

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". (UNI)