Vice-Director of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
Dr. Latchesar K. Kostov, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics.
Date and place of birth:
11 October 1953, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Education and degrees:
- 1973-1978 Nuclear Physics, Faculty of Physics, Sofia University St. Kliment Okhridski
- 1984 PhD in Physics (Thesis “Sub-nanosecond isomers in nuclei with different degree of deformation”)
- 1978-2021 Physicist, researcher and senior researcher at the Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy (INRNE), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), Sofia, Bulgaria
- 1979–1982 Guest-Researcher at the Central Institute for Nuclear Research, Rossendorf of the Academy of Sciences of German Democratic Republic
- 1996-1997 Chairman of the Committee on the Use of Atomic Energy for Peaceful Purposes (now Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency)
- 2006-2013 Deputy Chairman of the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency
- 2013–2020 Chairman of the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency
- 1995-2021 Project manager of many projects in the field of nuclear structure investigations, characterisation of radioactively contaminated lands, environmental radioactivity, nuclear safety etc.
Scientific and organizational activity:
- 1995-2021Member of the Expert Council in Department of Nuclear Physics in INRNE
- 2006-2020 Plenipotentiary of the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria in JINR
- 2008-2012 Member of the Scientific Technical Committee of EURATOM
- 2015-2021 Member of the Supervisory Board of the NICA Complex project
- 2020-2021 Member of the NICA Schedule and Cost Review Committee
Supervision of graduation and PhD theses.
- Experimental investigations of nuclear structure
- Transmutation and nuclear energy,
- Environmental radioactivity,
- Rehabilitation of radioactively contaminated lands,
- Radiation protection.
Author of more than 100 scientific papers in nuclear structure, environmental radioactivity, transmutation, radiation protection.
- National Prize in Science and Technic for young scientists;
- Honorary Doctor of Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia ;
- Honorary Sign ‘’For Contributions to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences;
- Honorary Member of the Union of the Physicists in Bulgaria;
- Rosatom’s medal for contribution to the international cooperation;
- Honorary Sign of the Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Sofia, Bulgaria.