The winners of the Demidov Award - 2018 were awarded at the residence of the governor of the Sverdlovsk region on February 6. Among the award recipients are Academician Valery Tishkov (for outstanding contributions to the study of the history and ethnography of the peoples of Russia and the development of ethnographic monitoring methods), Academician Valery Kozlov (for outstanding contributions to the theory of dynamic systems) and Academician Vladimir Minkin (for outstanding contributions to the development of physical, organic and quantum chemistry).
The Demidov Award was established by the Ural industrialist Pavel Demidov in 1832. Demidov bequeathed to present the award from his savings throughout his life and another 25 years after his death. The will was fulfilled and after 25 years, in 1866, the award ceased to exist. The award was revived at the initiative of Academician Gennady Mesyaz in 1993, and it celebrates outstanding figures of Russian science for the 26th year. The winners are determined by the scientists themselves - by people who can objectively evaluate the scientific achievements of the candidates.
Each Demidov Award winner receives a silver medal with the image of Pavel Demidov in a malachite box and a money prize of one million rubles. The laureates read public lectures at the Ural Federal University before the official awards ceremony. Then a solemn award ceremony takes place in the residence of the governor of the Sverdlovsk region.The Demidov Award is the most authoritative non-governmental scientific prize in Russia. That is the award that became the Nobel Award prototype.
One of the winners of the Award 2018 is Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Scientific Director of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology named after N.N.Miklukho-Maklay of the Russian Academy of Sciences, member of the Presidium of the RGS Academic Council, Chairman of the RGS Ethnographic Commission Valery Aleksandrovich Tishkov.
Valery Tishkov has been the Ethnographic Commission of the Russian Geographical Society Chairman since its revival in 2013. The commission is engaged in publishing, organization of ethnographic festivals, and various educational and museum projects.
Congratulations to Valery Alexandrovich Tishkov on receiving the award!