Prof. Askar Akaev
Prof. Askar Akaev was born in 1944 (Kyzyl-Bairak village, Kemin district),
Kyrgyz. He is a Doctor of Technical Sciences and an Academician of the
Kyrgyz Academy of Sciences. Prof. Akaev is married and has two sons and two
After graduation from the Leningrad Precision Mechanics and Optics Institute
in 1968, with the qualification of engineer-mathematician, specialty
“Computer,” he pursued his studies to become a Candidate of Sciences, and a
Doctor of Sciences at the same Institute. He then worked as a senior
lecturer, associate professor, and professor at the Polytechnical Institute
of Frunze (now Bishkek). In 1977, he was awarded Kyrgyz Comsomol Prize for
research in the development of mathematical theory of warm conditions of
computer memory units and reliability of their functioning.
While at the institute, he also authored a textbook entitled “Optical
Methods for Information Processing,” published in Moscow in 1988, by
Vysshaya Shkola Publishing House (240 pp.), considered to be the first of
its kind in the former Soviet Union.
In 1987, he was elected to the post of vice-president of the Kyrgyz Academy
of Sciences. In 1989, he was appointed to the post of the president of the
Kyrgyz Academy of Sciences. Since October 1990, Prof. Akaev has been
president of the Republic of Kyrghyzistan.
Askar Akaev has authored more than 100 scientific works and articles.
His works are widely implemented in practice. The book “Coherent Optical
Computers,” written by him together with the famous soviet scientist and
USSR State Prize Winner, Professor S. Mayorov, was the first of its kind in
the former USSR and became the theoretical and practical textbook for those
who work in this sphere.
Prof. Akaev is the awardee of the Grand Cross by the Association for Unity
of Latin America, for his contribution to the development of peace,
promotion of democracy, strengthening fraternal ties between peoples
struggling for human rights.
At the end of 1992, Prof. Askar Akaev was announced “The Man of the Year,”
in Kyrghyzistan for his activities in promoting national fraternity and
stability in the republic and successful external policy.
Akaev, who is a former member of the Scientific Council of the Academy of
Sciences of the former USSR, has been serving his country as president since
He was elected Fellow of the IAS in 1993.