PULLMAN, Wash. — Russia’s Minister of Science and Technologies, Vladimir Fortov, makes an official visit to Washington March 2-3 to meet with industrial and business leaders and to deliver a Washington State University address on the state of Russian science.
Fortov is scheduled to arrive in Seattle Monday (March 2) at 11:30 a.m. and meet business executives at 4 p.m. in the Seafirst Bank Building.
He will travel to Pullman Monday evening and meet Tuesday with WSU scientists and university officials. Fortov’s address, “Current Status and Future Outlook for Russian Science,” is set for 4 p.m. in Todd Hall, Room 276.
Among the discussion topics in Pullman will be review of several cooperative science programs and projects developed by WSU scientists and colleagues in Russian universities and institutes.
After his Northwest visit, Fortov will travel to Washington, D.C., for meetings with Vice President Al Gore and President Clinton’s science adviser.
Fortov has visited the WSU campus before and presented a scientific seminar in the Department of Physics. An internationally respected physicist, he is a professional colleague and good friend of Yogendra Gupta, director of the WSU Institute for Shock Physics.
Named to President Boris Yeltsin’s cabinet in 1996, Fortov, 52, previously had been vice premier, minister of science. He earned a doctorate from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and joined the faculty there in 1978. He has served as vice president of the Russian Academy of Sciences and is member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society. He has been honored with many awards and state decorations for his scientific contributions.

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Editors and Reporters: Time is being reserved in Seattle and Pullman for reporters to meet with Fortov. Please contact Al Ruddy, 509/335-4528.