Ya. B. Zeldovich Gold Medal

The Ya. B. Zeldovich Gold Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to theories of combustion. The gold medal is bestowed biennially to one scientist during the International Symposium on Combustion.

The gold medal is named after Yakov Borisovich Zeldovich (1914-1987), a world renowned physicist at the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moscow. His far-reaching scientific achievements spanned many fields ranging from physical chemistry to nuclear and particle physics, and finally astrophysics and cosmology. Zeldovich worked on the theory of ignition, combustion, and detonation. He achieved important results in the theory of nuclear chain reactions. He also discovered an oxidation of nitrogen mechanism, known in physical chemistry as Thermal NO Mechanism or the Zeldovich Mechanism.

The Ya. B. Zeldovich Gold Medal is one of the highest awards of The Combustion Institute, presented biennially during the International Symposium on Combustion. Gold medals are bestowed to scientists whose major contributions have significantly advanced their fields of combustion science.


2016: Thierry Poinsot

2014: Paul Clavin

2012: Mitchell D. Smooke

2010: Sébastien Candel

2008: Stephen B. Pope


2006: Gregory I. Sivashinsky

2004: John David Buckmaster

2002: Norbert Peters

2000: Elaine S. Oran

1998: Craig T. Bowman


1996: Boris V. Novozhilov

1994: Amable Liñán

1992: Robert W. Bilger

1990: A.G. Merzhanov