Professor Efim Pelinovsky


Birth: 1945, July 12, Russia (USSR), Kemerovo

Marital status: Married (1966), two children

Children: Dr. Dmitry Pelinovsky (1969) - Professor of Mathematics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

Dr. Nataly Solovitch-Vella (1977) Postdoc, IRSN/DEI/SESURE/LERCM, IRSN Cadarache, France



Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences,

46 Uljanov Street, 603950, GSP-120, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.


Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University,

24 Minin Street, 603950 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.



Head Laboratory of Hydrophysics and Nonlinear Acoustics
Institute of Applied Physics.
Professor Department of Applied Mathematics
Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University.



1972 Candidate of Science (Ph.D.), Physics and Mathematics (Radiophysics)
Gorky State University, Russia
Ph.D.Thesis: Non-sinusoidal Waves in Nonlinear Dispersive Media.
1969 Diploma with distinction (M.S.), Physics and Mathematics (Radiophysics)
Gorky State University, Russia
M.Sc. Thesis: Variational Principle for Nonlinear Waves in Dispersive Media.
1963 Technical College, Dzerjinsk, Russia (Electrotechnics), Diploma with distinction.



1996 Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (Physics & Mathematics)
1989 Professor in Applied Mathematics, Russian Ministry of High Education.
1981 Doctor of Science (Highest Scientific Degree in Russia), Physics and Mathematics (Oceanology), P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Moscow, Russia. D.Sc. Thesis: Nonlinear Dynamics of Tsunami Waves.



1998-now Head of Laboratory, Institute of Applied Physics, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
1977-1998 Chief/Head/Seniour Scientist, Institute of Applied Physics, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
1971-1977 Associate/Assistant Scientist, Scientific Research Radiophysical Institute, Gorky, Russia
1970-1972 Assistant Scientist, Gorky State University



2006 International Solovjev Medal for Best Tsunami Paper
see a joke on this occasion: photo
1999 The George Soros Professor (awarded by Mr. George Soros).
1997 The Russian State Prize (former Lenin Prize)
"Study of Nonlinear Dynamics of Random Waves in Non-Dispersive Media"
see a poem on this occasion (in Russian): part I and part II
1996 The International Science Foundation Prize:
"Best Popular Scientific Paper: Solitons in Water"
1993 The Russian State Award for Distinguished Scientists.
1993 The W.Adams Award (The International Natural Hazards Society): "Outstanding Research of Tsunami Waves"
1991 The Nekashizuka Award (The International Tsunami Society): "Best Contribution in Tsunami Research"
1985 The State Medal (USSR): "Contribution in the Science"







1985-now Professor in Applied Mathematics, Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University.
1997-1998 Visiting Professor in Theoretical Physics, Nizhny Novgorod State University.
1996-1997 Visiting Professor in Engineering Ecology, Moscow State Technological University
1989-1990 Visiting Professor in Oceanology, Leningrad Hydrometeorological Institute.
1983-1984 Visiting Professor of Theoretical Physics, Far - East University, Vladivostok.
1975-1977 Senior Lecturer of Radiophysics, Gorky Polytechnical Institute.



Ecole Superiere de Mecanique, IMT - Technopole de Chateau - Gombert (Marseille, France):

Ocean Waves (2000 - 2003)


Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University (former Gorky Polytechnical Institute):

Mathematical Methods in Ecology (1999-2000)

Physical Oceanography (1998)

Fluid Mechanics (1997-1999)

Methods of Mathematical Physics (1996-1998)

Advanced Mathematics (1985-1997)

Differential Equations (1989-1993)

Generalized Functions (1985-1989)

Nonlinear Waves (1975-1977)

Asymptotic Methods (1986-1991)


Nizhny Novgorod State University:

Fluid Dynamics (1997)


Moscow State Technological University:

Theory of hazards and accidences and their prediction (1996).


Leningrad Hydrometeorological Institute:

Ocean Waves (1989)


Far - East State University (Vladivostok).

Nonlinear Oscillations and Waves (1983)


Ecole Superiere de Mecanique, IMT - Technopole de Chateau - Gombert (Marseille, France):

Nonlinear Waves in the Coastal Zone (2000)


Training Course on South Pacific Sea Level Monitoring Project (Adelaide, Australia):

Tsunamis in Pacific (1997, 1998)


Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel):

Water Waves (1994)


Tel-Aviv University (Tel-Aviv, Israel):

Ocean Dynamics (1994)


Seoul National University (Korea):

Nonlinear Dynamics of Coastal Zone (1993) 


Institute of Hydroengineering (Gdansk, Poland):

Nonlinear Dynamics of Coastal Zone (1989-1990)


Institute of Oceanology (Varna, Bulgaria):

Nonlinear Water Waves (1990)








PUBLIC RELEASE (after 1996):

·        Petrochenkov A. Thridevyatyui val (Ninth Wave). Popular Mechanics (Russia), 2004, No. 6, 52 – 56.

·        Giulio Gelibter. La Fine di Atlantide. Da L'Unione Sarda (Italy), 07 maggio 2002.

·        Graham Lawton. Monsters of the deep (The Perfect Wave). New Scientist. Vol. 170, No. 2297, 30 June 2001. 28 – 32.

·        Who is Who in Nizhny Novgorod. Nizhny Novgorod: Komsomolskaya Pravda. 2000. 219.

·        Incidents and Wonders (newspaper, Nizhny Novgorod). N. 26, December 2000. Wave called Killer.

·        Vremia MN (newspaper, Moscow). 18 August 1999. Book of Catastrophes.

·        The Australian (newspaper). No 10, September 17, 1997. Uni plan to predict quakes, tsunami. Page 258.

·        831 (magazine, Nizhny Novgorod). N.1, 1997. Will Nizhny Remain One of the “Cleverest” Cities?

·        Nizhegorodsky Rabochy (newspaper, Nizhny Novgorod). No. 25, 8 February 1997. Tsunami is more danger than nuclear explosion. 

·        UNITAS (News from the University of Tasmania, Australia; magazine), No. 110, 28 October 1996. Tidal waves a possibility for Tas, Page 4.