Awarded the Global Energy Prize for fundamental research into and widespread implementation of new methods for prospecting, exploration and development of oil, gas and uranium resources, as well as confirming the locations and presence of large-scale deposits of these minerals.
Nikolai Laverov was born on January 12, 1930 in Arkhangelsk region, Russia.
He graduated from Kirov Mining & Chemical College and then M.I. Kalinin Moscow Institute of Non-ferrous Metals and Gold in 1954.
In March 1979 he became a member and correspondent of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in the Department of Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry. On December 23, 1987 he also became a member and correspondent of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in the Department of Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry and Mining Sciences. From 1989 to 1991 he became the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR and Deputy Prime-Minister of the USSR.
On June 17, 1989 he was appointed the Chairman of the State Committee for Science and Engineering of the USSR, and on May 16, 1991 the Chairman of the State Committee for Science and Technology of the USSR.
Since October 20, 1988 he had been the Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Science, and a Member of the Earth Science Department. Nikolai Laverov has been recently involved with the analysis of Russian fuel and energy complex resources potential. He is also researching economical solutions aimed at the development of new sources of hydrocarbon and improvement of exploration efficiency.
In 1997 Nikolai Laverov got a Medal «Dank». Eleven years after he was awarded with the Order of Merit for the Motherland of I degree. In 2009 he became the Laureate of the Global Energy Prize for the fundamental researche and large-scale implementation of the methods of surveying, prospecting and exploiting of oil, gas and uranium deposits, rationale and discovering of the largest provinces of energy minerals.