Board and Officers

Yurii Simonov Memorial Foundation was incorporated in 2011. It is organized to receive and administer funds for scientific, educational, and charitable purposes, all for the public welfare, and for no other purposes. Specifically, the main purpose of the corporation is to fund the yearly prizes and stipends in research institutions that Yurii Simonov was affiliated with.


Andrei Simonov
PRESIDENT, Andrei Simonov – Son of Yurii Simonov. Professor of Finance at Michigan State University. 
Olga A. Simonova
VICE PRESIDENT & SECRETARY, Olga Simonova – Grand-daughter of Yurii Simonov. She studies biology at City University of New York. 
Alexandra Levy
TREASURER, Alexandra Levy – niece of Yurii Simonov, Alexandra is an executive in gold mining industry. 

Members of the Yurii Simonov Memorial Prize Scientific Council

Scientific council members are nominated by Yuri Simonov Memorial Foundation and Academy of Sciences of Moldova. They are independent and unaffiliated with YSMF. We are proud of having such a distinguished researchers helping us with the prize.

Sergei Aldoshin
Sergei M. Aldoshin- Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Director of Chemical Physics Institute of RAS, Chairman of the RAS Scientific Center in Chernogolovka, Head of Structural Chemistry Laboratory of RAS.  Prof. Aldoshin is also a member of a number of other committees and associations under the Government of the Russian Federation. He holds the first prize of Moscow State Competition "Honoree of the year" (2002) as the Best Manager of a Research Organization. In 2003 he was granted the National Award of Peter I and a diploma as the Best Manager of Russia.  

Ernest Arushanov
Ernest Arushanov   -  is a Soviet and Moldovan experimental physicist, academician of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. He was colleague and friend of Yurii Simonov. He taught at University of Konstanz, Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, and at the University of Paris. He is author of about 140 research papers. In 2001 Ernest Arushanov became "Om Emerit" for achievements in the development of Moldovan science.

Maria Gdaniec
Maria Gdaniec   - a Polish chemist and crystallographer, collaborated closely with Yurii Simonov for nearly 20 years. Chairman of Polish Committee of Crystallography, Professor and Head of the Department of Crystallography at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.  

Victor Kravtsov
Victor Kravtsov   - experimental physicist. Graduated from the Physical Department of the Moscow State University, 1975, Ph.D. in crystallography and crystal physics, 1982. After Yurii Simonov death, he is at the helm of the Laboratory of Physical Methods of Solid State Investigation "T.I. Malinowski" of the Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova. Author of more than 170 refereed publications and 6 patents. 

Janusz Lipkowski
Janusz Lipkowski   - Member of  Polish Academy of Sciences, Honorary Member of Academy of Sciences of Moldova,  Chairman of Polish  Committee of Chemistry, Head of Department of Physical Chemistry of Supramolecular Complexes at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of Polish Academy of Sciences.