Vladimir E. Fortov is a well-known scientist in the field of plasma and space physics, extremely high pressures and temperatures, physics and chemistry of strong shock and detonation waves, pulsed energetics.
He was Head of the Division of Energetics, Machinery, Mechanics and Control Systems of Russian Academy of Sciences and Director of the Joint Institute for High Temperature of RAS. Vladimir Fortov and his Institute participated in the international Russian, French, German, Hungarian Space project VEGA - investigation of Halley comet.
He was awarded many prizes, including the L.P. Karpinsky International Prize in Physics and Chemistry; International P. Bridgeman Prize for Achievements in High Pressure Physics and Technology; International Max Planck Award for Physics. He is also a member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters and of the Max Planck Society. He was the Minister of Science and Technology and Deputy Prime Minister of Russia from 1996 to 1998.