The scientist also received a prize of 1 million rubles.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak sent his congratulations, along with St Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov.
“I wish to thank Global Energy for this honorary award. The entire scientific path I followed was devoted to electrical energy. I am gratified to see how science is to consolidate peoplе. It is without any doubt of the most powerful creative forces. My wish is that the rising generation of young scientists may pass along the path we have already trodden and conquer the summits so that, in their time, they can take in their hands the same diploma as an ‘Honorary Energy Specialist’,” Igor Grekhov said.
“You devoted your entire life to the key sector of the Russian economy – to electrical energy. You made a considerable contribution to the development of powerful semiconductor electronics and impulse technology. Your scientific achievements directly influenced technical progress and were put to widespread use in modern technology,” Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said in offering his congratulations.
“The development of high technologies is a priority for our country. National projects initiated by the President of Russia are dedicated to this goal. Scientists of St. Petersburg, as well as scientific organizations and enterprises of our city, make a significant contribution to breakthrough discoveries in this area. Last year, the Global Energy Association established a new award – an honorary diploma awarded exclusively to Russian scientists for their contribution to the energy sector. This year the well-deserved award was presented to the St. Petersburg physicist Igor Vsevolodovich Grekhov. Back in the 60s, he became one of the founders of a new industry – power semiconductor devices manufacturing. His discoveries led to a manifold reduction in energy losses. St. Petersburg is proud of him,” St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Belgov said.
“Igor Grekhov belongs to that truly wonderful cohort of scientists for whom academic research and the implementation of practical results are of equal interest. When it came time to choose a speciality, he settled on the physics of semiconductors – a sector of knowledge which began to take shape in the middle of the 20th century and later became the driving force of the scientific and technological revolution. His other area of research, high-temperature superconductivity, took on special importance in the development of solar energy,” said Global Energy President Sergey Brilev.
Igor Grekhov is the author of four books, more than 600 scientific publications and 200 patents. In the 1960s and 1970s, he became one of the founders of a new sector of industry – power semiconductor devices manufacturing. Its development lowered energy use in a series of economic sectors. He later engaged in research of the physical processes of electron-hole plasma of semiconductors, which allowed for an increase in the maximum pulsed power of devices and came to be used in providing power for powerful lasers and accelerators.
For several decades, he headed the laboratory at the JoffePhysical–TechnicalInstitute in St. Petersburg.