IMAMBEKOV AWARD

(1981-2012)

PRIZE IN MEMORY OF ADILET IMAMBEKOV

Adilet Imambekov was born on September 2, 1981 in Taraz in a family of young local university lecturer. In 1984 his family moved to Almaty and in 1988 Adilet started his first studies in secondary school #7 in Alatau village (Nuclear Physics Institute). In 1996 Adilet was admitted to MSU Kolmogorov Physics and Mathematics School (AESC MSU), and graduated from it in 1998 with distinction. In the same year, he participated and was awarded with gold medal in International Physics Olympiad in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. After graduating from high-school he was admitted to Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) without admissions examination. During his studies Adilet actively participated in social life of the institute, serving as Students Government Senator. Adilet participated in organizing All-Russian Physics Olympiad and trained Russian students for participation in International Olympiad. In 2002 he graduated from MIPT with distinction and received offers to continue his studies in 5 top universities (Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech). He decided to proceed with his studies and researches at Harvard for the next 5 years (2002-2007). Adilet was the very first Kazakhstani physicist who was recognized in scientific international arena. His works were published in such high-ranking journals as Nature, Science, Annal in Phys., Phys. Rev. Lett., Phys., Rev, and etc. Moreover, his works were distinguished by prestigious awards and scholarships: Landau Award, Parcell Fund Scholarship (Harvard University), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Scholarship, and NSF Career Award that is supported by the US President and given to a limited number of young scientists.

In addition to being a remarkable young scientist, Adilet was also a seasoned sportsman and a tough marathoner, triathlete, and a mountaineer. On a regular basis he participated in annual New York, Boston, Austin and other marathons. In April 2012, participating in Texas IRONMAN program, he became an overall winner with 11 hours and 52 minutes result. Adilet alternated his scientific work with his hard trainings, and dedicated his summer holidays for conquering mountains. He participated in Alaska, Tian Shan, Pamir, and Himalayas expeditions. Adilet ascended to Mont Blanc Peak (4810 m), McKinley (6190 m), Muztagh Ata (7546 m). Tragically, he passed away in July 2012, during his expedition to Khan Tengri peak.

His short, but extremely bright life shined like a fireball. Adilet’s story can serve as a guidance for children who decided to devote their lives to develop science and to lead a healthy lifestyle.