Anatoly Radyushkin is an eminent scholar and professor in the Department of Physics at Old Dominion University, where he has had a joint position with Jefferson Lab since 1992. He is an internationally recognized theoretical physicist, focusing on nuclear and particle physics. He has authored more than 120 publications in refereed journals, with total citations exceeding 11,000.
His research started in the mid-’70s while a graduate student at Moscow University in Russia (M.Sc. in 1975 and Ph.D. in 1978). He made major contributions to pioneering studies in quantum chromodynamics, which was becoming the theory to describe the structure of nucleons, the constituents of the atomic nuclei, in terms of even more elementary particles, quarks and gluons.
In 1991, he started research at the just-created Theory Group at CEBAF (now Jefferson Lab), a leading facility investigating the nuclear structure at the quark-gluon level. In 1996 he became a fellow of American Physical Society. At Jefferson Lab, he made a major contribution into the development of a new direction in quantum chromodynamics. The generalized parton distributions, or GPDs, the main result of this development, provide the most detailed and universal description of the nucleons, unifying all previously known functions used for such a description. For these achievements, in 1998 Radyushkin received the ODU Faculty Research Award and was designated as an ODU eminent scholar. Study of GPDs was chosen as a new direction of the Jefferson Lab’s physics program and became one of the major parts of the proposal for doubling the energy of the Jefferson Lab accelerator. The results of his work on generalized parton distributions received worldwide recognition; in 2001 he received the Alexander von Humboldt Award instituted by the German government.
In 2004, Radyushkin was recognized as Virginia Outstanding Scientist of the Year. In 2015, he shared the Outstanding Nuclear Physicist Award from Jefferson Science Associates. In the same year, he received the Jesse W. Beams Award for research from the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society. His teaching work was recognized in 2016 by Shining Star Recognition: “You Make the Difference” from the ODU Division of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services and by the ODU College of Sciences Faculty Teaching Award.