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Rashid Sunyaev

AKA Rashid Alievich Sunyaev

Born: 1-Mar-1943
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Gender: Male
Religion: Muslim
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronomer, Physicist

Nationality: Uzbekistan
Executive summary: Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect

Rashid Sunyaev (sometimes translated into English as Siuniaev or Syunyaev) has conducted respected research in cosmic microwaves, high energy astrophysics, the origin of the universe, theoretical astrophysics, and x-ray astronomy. With his mentor Yakov Zel'dovich, he explained the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect, which describes how cosmic microwave background photons are scattered by hot gas, and with colleague Nikolay Shakura he elaborated a model of disk accretion onto black holes. He is editor-in-chief at the Russian scientific publication Astronomicheskii Zhurnal.

Wife: Gyuzal Sunyaeva (one daughter, three sons)

    University: BS, Moscow Physical-Technical Institute
    University: MS, Moscow Physical-Technical Institute
    University: PhD Applied Mathematics, Keldysh Institute (1968)
    University: PhD Astrophysics, Moscow State University (1973)
    Professor: Astrophysics, Moscow Physical-Technical Institute (1974-)
    Administrator: Director, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (1996-)

    Crafoord Prize 2008
    Heineman Prize for Astrophysics 2003
    Gruber Prize in Cosmology 2003
    Alexander Friedmann Prize 2002
    Bruce Medal 2000
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1995
    Rossi Prize 1988
    Russian Academy of Sciences 1984
    Asteroid Namesake 11759 Sunyaev

Author of books:
Large Scale Motions in Superclusters (2000)
Energy Release During Disk Accretion onto A Rapidly Rotating Neutron Star (2000)

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