My teacher Ilya Mikhailovich Lifshitz

I.M.Lifshitz (January 13, 1917 - October 23, 1982)

Virtually every physicist knows the Landau-Lifshitz textbook series on theoretical physics. But not everybody realizes that there were two brothers Lifshitz, both physicists. The textbook Lifshitz is the older brother Evgeniy (1915-1985), while my teacher is the younger brother Ilya (1917-1982).

Of the most famous results, "Lifshitz points" and "Lifshitz theory of Van der Waals interactions" belong to E.M.Lifshitz, while Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner theory of Ostwald ripening, Lifshitz tails in the density of states of a disordered system, Lifshitz transition happening when Fermy surface topology changes, Lifshitz-Kosevich formula, all belong to I.M.Lifshitz (along with many other things).

I was fortunate to work closely under I.M.Lifshitz supervision, first as a student, then as a PhD candidate, and for total of 13 years, practically until I became Doctor of Science: Ilya Mikhailovich passed away one week before my defense...

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In 2017, I.M.Lifshitz would have turned 100

On this occasion, Bertrand Halperin, John Singleton and I wrote a paper in Physics Today.

Physics Today article in pdf format

Link to the Physics Today magazine.
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In 2007, a book about I.M.Lifshitz was published in Russian

Here is my (corrected) personal memoir from that book.

Personal memoir (in Russian)

Also in January 2017, there was a special session in Moscow dedicated to I.M.Lifshitz. I spoke there.

Slides of my presentation in Moscow in January 2017 (in Russian)
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