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Professor Anatoly Larkin Dies at 72


Professor Anatoly Larkin of the School of Physics and Astronomy died on Thursday August 4, 2005 in Aspen, Colorado.

Professor Larkin was 72. Larkin had been attending a physics summer school when he died unexpectedly.

Larkin joined the Fine Theoretical Physics Institute (FTPI) at the University of Minnesota in 1995 after a long and prestigious career in his native Russia. He was a condensed matter theorist, specializing in superconductivity. His research also was key to the study of one-dimensional systems and clusters that are used in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Larkin was a leader of the renowned Russian school of theoretical physics. Many of his former students hold leading academic positions at universities and institutes both in Russia and the Western world. He was a recipient of many awards, including the Hewlett Packard Europhysics Prize, a Humboldt Award, the London Prize in Low Temperature Physics, the Osanger Prize in Statistical Physics and the Bardeen Prize for Superconductivity.

Larkin published more than 50 papers during his 10 years at the School, as well as the 600-page "Theory of Fluctuations in Superconductors. "Anatoly Larkin was a giant in the field of condensed matter theory and a great teacher of theoretical physicists," said Allen Goldman, head of the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Larkin was born Oct. 14, 1932, near Moscow. He started his career as a researcher at the Moscow Physical Engineering Institute, and went on to positions at the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics and Moscow State University.

Larkin is survived by his wife Tatiana; his sons Victor and Ivan; his daughters in-law Marina and Victoria; his grandchildren Alexander, Maria, Ilia, Anatoly and Timothy; and great-grandchildren Sofia and George. Larkin was cremated and his ashes taken by his family back for funeral services in Russia, to be held on Friday, August 19, 2005. FTPI plans to dedicate its spring workshop in condensed matter physics to the memory and research of Professor Larkin.