Tamm, Igor Yevgenyevich

Igor Yevgenyevich Tamm born in Vladivostok, Russia on July 8, 1895 was a Soviet physicist and mathematician. He studied at the University of Edinburgh in 1913-1914. He then switched to Moscow State University where he graduated in 1918.

He developed an approximation method for many-body physics, in 1945. He worked with Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov to create a tomohak system based on a toroidal magnetic thermonuclear reactor, in 1958. This led to the T-3 Soviet magnetic confinement device in 1968. In 1958, he received the Nobel Prize for Physics along with Pavel Alekseyevich Cherenkov and Ilya Mikhailovich Frank for the discovery of the Cherenkov-Vavilov effect. The lunar crater Tamm in named in his honor.

Tamm died on April 12, 1971 in Moscow, Russia.

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