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    ZHORES ALFEROV, KLAUS RIEDLE AWARDED 2005 GLOBAL ENERGY PRIZE

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    MOSCOW, April 28 (RIA Novosti) - Zhores Alferov, full-time member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Academy's vice-president, as well as professor Dr. Klaus Riedle, president of Gas Turbines and Econopacs division at Siemens Power Generation, received the 2005 Global Energy prize.

    Alexander Sheindlin, full-time member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told this to reporters at a press conference, which was devoted to the Global Energy prize awards ceremony.

    Academician Alferov received this prize for his work in the field of modern light sources. And professor Riedle was awarded for the creation of highly effective gas turbines.

    The 2005 prize fund was $1 million, RAO UES (Unified Energy Systems) board member Leonid Gozman noted. All prize-winners receive equal sums.

    The Global Energy international energy prize that was instituted in Russia is the first personal prize in global fundamental and applied research. This prize is awarded for achievements in the energy and power-industry sphere. The prize is supported by the international academic community and major Russian companies, including Gazprom and RAO UES. The first Global Energy prize was awarded in 2003.

    Six world-famous scientists have received the prize to date. In 2003 the international committee awarded the prize to professor Nick Holonyak of the university of Illinois for developing a silicon electronic system and for inventing the first semi-conducting light diodes in the visible spectrum band. Academician Gennady Mesyats and Doctor of Physics Jan Smith were awarded for their fundamental research and for developing powerful impulse-energy systems. The 2004 prize went to Academician Fyodor Mitenkov and professor Leonard J. Koch, who created the physical-technical theory of fast reactors, and who also developed such reactors. Academician Alexander Sheindlin received the prize for his fundamental research in the field of thermo-physical properties of various substances at extreme temperatures.

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