These Conference and School are devoted to the 115th anniversary of Georgij
(George) Antonovich Gamow, one of the greatest physicists and
cosmologists of the 20th century. Gamow made an important and decisive
contribution to modern physics, cosmology and biology. His three most
significant contributions to these fields are:

  • He discovered the quantum nature of alpha-decay in nuclear physics (1928).
  • He proposed the theory of the Hot Universe (1946-1953).
  • He found the clue to the genetic code in biology (1954).

George Gamow was born in Odessa. Here, he leaved the secondary school and was for two years a student of the Novorossiisk University of Odessa. Wherever Gamow lived, he retained his character and his sharp Odessian humor. During the conference, participants will be able to visit the sights of Odessa, to see and feel its colour and to walk along the Gamow places described in his book “My World Line: an Informal Autobiography”.

The Conference and School in 2015 was the 5th Gamow Conference in Odessa, after those in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 years, and the 15th annual Gamow School, starting from 2001 year. We intend to bring together experts on the subjects of modern astrophysics, cosmology, high energy physics and biology with a number of interested scientists and students, in order to discuss the most recent developments and problems related to the topics of the activities, exchange of ideas, review major experimental and theoretical efforts. The program will consist of series of coordinated review lectures supplemented by short reports, presentations of posters and discussions of the hottest problems in observable Universe.

Plenary Speakers

The of plenary speeches will be available soon

Scientific Oranizing Commitee

Co-chairs of SOC
G.S.Bisnovatyi-Kogan (SRI RAS, Moscow, Russia, gkogan@iki.rssi.ru)
V.M.Shulga (IRA NASU, Kharkov, Ukraine, shulga@rian.kharkov.ua)

M.I.Ryabov (IRA NASU, Odessa, Ukraine, ryabov-uran@ukr.net)
S.M. Melikyants (AO ONU, Odessa, Ukraine, sedamelikk@gmail.com)

Members of SOC (preliminary)
V.M.Adamyan (ONU, Odessa), S.M.Andrievsky (ONU, Odessa), I.L.Andronov
(ONMU, Odessa), N.G.Bochkarev (SAI MSU, Moscow), S.Chakrabarti (S.N.
Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata, India), P.Chardonnet
(Universit de Savoie, Annecy-le-Vieux Cedex, France), M. Capaccioli (Naples
University, Italy), A.M.Cherepashchuk (SAI MSU, Moscow), A.D.Chernin (SAI
MSU, Moscow), L.L.Jenkovszky (ITP, Kiev), K.Georgieva (Space Research
and Technologies Institute, Sofia, Bulgaria), A.A.Konovalenko (IRA NASU,
Kharkov), N.I.Koshkin (ONU, Odessa), A.Kosovichev (Stanford University,
USA), I.Kudzej (Vihorlat observatory Humenne, SLOVAKIA) L.Marochnik
(University of Maryland, USA), T.V.Mishenina (ONU, Odessa), V.N.Obridko
(IZMIRAN, Moscow), S.Silich (INAOE, Puebla, Mexico), A.V.Stepanov
(Pulkovo Observatory RAS, Saint-Petersburg), I.B.Vavilova (MAO NANU),
Y.S.Yatskiv (President of UAA, Kiev) , V.V.Zakharenko (IRA NASU, Kharkov),
V.Zakhozhay (Karazin National University, Kharkov), I.Shmeld (VIRAC,

Local Oranizing Commitee

Chair: I.N.Koval (Rector of ONU)
Vice-Chairs: I.N.Koval (Rector of ONU)
Secretary: A.A Pilipenko

Members of LOC
A.Yu.Burgazli, A.V.Chopovsky, T.I.Kabanova, A.Gorbunov, V.Komendant,
N.I.Koshkin, L.S.Kudashkina, S.M Melikyants, B.A.Murnikov, S.L.Strakhova,
A.L.Sukharev, V.O.Yuschenko, L.I.Sobitnyk

Conference Fee (preliminary)

The conference fee is:
– for participants from Ukraine and Moldova: 350 UAH (150 UAH for students and PhD
students, 100 UAH for accompanying persons);
– for participants from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries: €30 (€15
for students and PhD students, €10 for accompanying persons);
– for participants from Eastern European and The Baltic States: €100 (for students, PhD
students, and for accompanying persons: €20);
– for participants from Western European countries and the United States: €200 (for
students, PhD students, and for accompanying persons: €100).

“My World Line” by George Gamow

1904 Born, March 4, Odessa, Ukraine
In his school days Gamow became very much interested in astronomy, examining the starry sky through a little telescope, his father’s present on the thirteenth birthday of his son. Gamow then decided to become a scientist and began his study of mathematics, physics, and astronomy.

1922-1923 Student at Novorossia University, Odessa

1923-1929 Student at University of Leningrad
After graduation from the University of Leningrad in 1926, he attended summer school in Gottingen and decided to see if the newly-formulated quantum theory, so successful in explaining the structure of the atom, could also be applied to the atomic nucleus. Through research he was able to explain the then-mysterious phenomenon of natural radioactivity as well as the experiments of Lord Rutherford on the induced transformation of light elements. On the basis of this research, Gamow received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Leningrad.

1928-1929 Fellow of Theoretical Physics Institute of the University of Copenhagen
Later, in Copenhagen, when he told Niels Bohr of his work, Bohr offered him a year at the Institute of Theoretical Physics on a stipend from the Royal Danish Academy. There Gamow proposed a hypothesis that atomic nuclei can be treated as little droplets of so-called “nuclear fluid.” These views led ultimately to the present theory of nuclear fission and fusion.
At this period Gamow also collaborated with F. Houtermans and R. Atkinson in attempts to apply his formula for calculating the rate of induced nuclear transformations to the so-called thermonuclear reaction in the interior of the Sun and other stars. This formula, originally applied only to astronomical topics, is now successfully used for designing H-bombs, as well as for studying the possibility of controlled thermonuclear reactions.

1929-1930 Rockefeller Fellow, Cambridge University

1930-1931 Fellow of Theoretical Physics Institute of the University of Copenhagen

1931 Married Lyubov Vokhminzeva; divorced 1956

1931-1933 Professor, University of Leningrad
Gamow spent a year working with Lord Rutherford at Cambridge, a second year in Copenhagen, and later became a professor at the University of Leningrad.

1933-1934 Fellow of Pierre Curie Institute, Paris. Visiting Professor, University of London

1934 Lecturer, University of Michigan
While attending the International Solvay Congress in Brussels, he was invited, in the summer of 1934, to lecture at the University of Michigan.

1934-1956 Professor, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
During the early years in Washington he collaboratedwith Edward Teller on the theory of beta-decay, and formulated the so-called “Gamow-Teller Selection Rule for Beta Emission.”
While Gamow was in Washington he developed the theory of the internal structure of red giant stars. With Mario Schoenberg he developed the theory of the so-called Urca process; and, with Ralph Alpher, the theory of the origin of chemical elements by the process of successive neutron capture.

1956-1968 Professor, University Of Colorado

1968 George Gamow Passed Away at Age 64
The George Gamow Memorial Lectures were initiated by the Department of Physics and Mrs. Barbara Gamow after the death of her husband. The lecture series began in 1971 and is now maintained by a bequest to the Regents of the University of Colorado from the Will of Mrs. Barbara Gamow, who died in December 1975.