Juris Zakis

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Juris Zaķis
Academician, Communist, Member of Parliament, MoP, Latvia, Nominee, Order of the Three Stars (Latvia), Physicist, Politician, Professor, Publicist, Rector, Scientist, Writer
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Born: November 4, 1936, Ogre, Latvia



  • Semiconductor Physics
  • Physics of Non-Crystalline Solids
  • Molecular Physics
  • Philosophy of Natural Sciences

Languages: Latvian, English, Russian


  • University of Latvia (Faculty of Physics and Mathematics), 1960
  • Postgraduate, University of Latvia, 1966
  • Dr.phys. (Candidate of Sciences in former USSR, Ph.D. in Western countries), Tartu University, Estonia, 1966
  • Dr. habil. phys. (Doctor of Sciences in former USSR), Latvian Academy of Sciences, 1976
  • Professor, University of Latvia, 1978


  • Researcher, Lecturer, Senior Researcher, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, University of Latvia, 1960-1968
  • Head of the Laboratory of Semiconductor Physics, University of Latvia, 1968-1978
  • Director, Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, 1978-1984
  • Professor, University of Latvia, 1978 -
  • Prorector, University of Latvia, 1984-1987
  • Rector, University of Latvia, 1987 - 2000


  •     Visiting Researcher, Cornell University, USA (1969-1970)
  •     Visiting Researcher, University of Chicago, USA (1972-1973).

Honors and Awards


  • Corresponding Member, Latvian Academy of Sciences, 1982 - 1990
  • Full Member, Latvian Academy of Sciences, 1990 -
  • The Latvian Academy of Sciences M.Keldish Prize, 1986
  • The Russian Academy of Sciences S.Vavilov Medal, 1988
  • Honorary Title on Merits in Science, Presidium of the Supreme State Council of Latvia, 1986
  • State Emeritus Scientist, 2002

Professional Activities and Memberships


  • Member, Senate, Latvian Academy of Sciences, 1996 -
  • President, Rectors Council of Latvia, 1995 - 1998
  • Member, UNESCO Latvian National Committee, 1990 - 2000
  • Member, Latvian Physical Society, 1994
  • President, Latvian Academy of Innovation and Intellectual Property, 2000-


University of Latvia

  • Semiconductor Physics
  • Physics of Non-Crystalline Solids
  • Molecular Physics
  • Methodology of Natural Sciences
  • Environmental Physics
  • Environmental Philosophy


Recent / Representative Publications

  • J.Zakis. Defects in Glassy Solids. Riga: Zinatne Press, 1984, 202 pp. (in Russian)
  • J.Zakis, Kantorovich L.N., Kotomin E.A., Kuzovkov V.N., Tale I.A., Shluger A.L. Models of Defect Processes in Wide-Gap Solids. Riga: Zinatne, 1991, 382pp. (in Russian)
  • J.Zakis. Thermal and radiation induced disorder in glass. - Proc.19th Intern. Conference on Glass, Leningrad, Russia, 1989, pp.240-244.
  • J.Zakis. Universities in the World and in Latvia: origins, history and current situation. - Humanities and Social Sciences. Latvia, 1995, 3(8), pp.4-20.
  • J.Zakis. Education in Latvia on the Background of World History. -  Humanities and Social Sciences. Latvia, 1999, 2(23), pp.4-16.

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        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1Roderihs ZaķisRoderihs ZaķisFather00.00.190500.00.1984
        2Eiženija ZaķeEiženija ZaķeMother00.00.190300.00.1981
        Mārtiņš ZaķisSon00.00.198928.06.1991
        4Anita ZaķeAnita ZaķeWife16.03.194605.02.2022