Georgij M. Rudnitskij

Russian Federation

1946-2020


Obituary:

Rudnitsky Georgy Mikhailovich was born on 13.08.1946 in Leningrad.

The whole life of G. M. Rudnitsky is connected with the Moscow University. In 1970, he graduated from the physical faculty of Moscow state University, majoring in astronomy, after finishing graduate school in 1973, was distributed in the astronomy Department of SAI MSU, where he worked until recently. In 1974, he defended his PhD thesis "Investigation of galactic sources of molecular radio lines", and in 2010-his doctoral thesis "Physical processes in long-period variable stars". Since 2011, he is the head of the radio astronomy Department of the Moscow state University traffic police.

G. M. Rudnitsky is a recognized expert in the field of radio astronomy. His research interests were related to studies of molecular masers, interstellar medium, circumstellar shells, and long-period variable stars. From the very beginning of his work at the GAISh, he conducted observations at many of the world's largest radio telescopes, including the radio telescope of the Nanse radio Astronomy station (France), and actively participated in international cooperation between the GAISh and foreign colleagues. Georgy Mikhailovich achieved brilliant results in studies of space masers associated with star formation regions and stars of late spectral classes. He has published about 200 papers in Russian and international journals.

G. M. Rudnitsky conducted pedagogical work. He taught a special course in radio astronomy at the astronomical Department of the faculty of physics, supervised the work of students and postgraduates.

Georgy Mikhailovich is an Honored researcher at Moscow University; he is a member of the International astronomical Union, the European astronomical society, and the Eurasian astronomical society.

G. M. Rudnitsky was the Chairman of the coordination Council for astrophysics of the SAI of Moscow state University, a member of the SAI Academic Council of the Moscow state University, and editor-in-chief of the Astronomical circular.

Georgy Mikhailovich will remain in our memory as a very friendly, modest, trouble-free person, a good friend. He knew English and French very well. He loved his family, adored his grandchildren.

Past affiliation(s) within the IAU

  • Past Member of Division B Facilities, Technologies and Data Science (until 2020)
  • Past Member of Division F Planetary Systems and Astrobiology (until 2020)
  • Past Member of Division G Stars and Stellar Physics (until 2020)
  • Past Member of Division H Interstellar Matter and Local Universe (until 2020)
  • Past Member of Commission 40 Radio Astronomy (until 2015)
  • Past Member of Division X Radio Astronomy (until 2012)

Areas of interest

1 - General: 1.2 - Extraterrestrial intelligence
2 - Physical data and processes: 2.3 - Astrochemistry, 2.17 - Lines, 2.19 - Masers, 2.26 - Polarization
3 - Astronomical instrumentation, methods and techniques: 3.11 - Telescopes: radio
4 - Astronomical data bases: 4.1 - Astronomical databases: miscellaneous
5 - Astrometry and celestial mechanics: 5.7 - Proper motions
7 - Planetary systems: 7.11 - Protoplanetary disks, 7.14 - Exoplanets
8 - Stars: 8.7 - Stars: circumstellar matter, 8.10 - Stars: formation, 8.20 - Stars: late-type, 8.24 - Stars: mass-loss, 8.38 - Stars: variables
9 - Interstellar medium (ISM), nebulae: 9.10 - ISM: Herbig-Haro objects, 9.11 - ISM: jets and outflows, 9.14 - ISM: magnetic fields, 9.15 - ISM: molecules

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