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Vitaly Ginzburg
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Vitaly Lazarevich Ginzburg

(1916-10-04)October 4, 1916
Died November 8, 2009(2009-11-08) (aged 93)
Nationality Russia
Alma mater Moscow State University
Known for
Spouse(s) Olga Zamsha Ginzburg (1937–1946; divorced; 1 child)
Nina Yermakova Ginzburg (m. 1946)
Scientific career
Fields Theoretical Physics
Institutions P. N. Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
Doctoral advisor Igor Tamm
Doctoral students
  • Viatcheslav Mukhanov
  • Alexander Polnarev

Vitaly Lazarevich Ginzburg, ForMemRS (Russian: Вита́лий Ла́заревич Ги́нзбург; October 4, 1916 – November 8, 2009) was a Soviet and Russian theoretical physicist, astrophysicist, and winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics. He was of Jewish descent.

Ginzburg was a member of the Soviet and Russian Academies of Sciences and one of the fathers of the Soviet hydrogen bomb. He was the successor to Igor Tamm as head of the Department of Theoretical Physics of the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FIAN), and an outspoken atheist.

Ginzburg died in Moscow on November 8, 2009 from cardiac arrest, aged 93.

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