Professor Zelmanov received his PhD in Mathematics from Novosibirsk State University in 1980 and his M.S. from Novosibirsk State University in 1977. He is an expert in Algebra. Professor Zelmanov was appointed as the Rita L. Atkinson Chair in Mathematics at UCSD in 2002. His honors include: Fields Medal, August 1994 ; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1996 and the U.S. National Academy, 2001; Foreign member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, 1997 and of the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology, 200*; Honorary Doctor, Hagen, 1997 and Oviedo, 2007. Before his appointment at the UCSD Professor Zelmanov was a Professor at Yale University, 1995-2002, University of Chicago, 1994-1995, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1990-1994, Institute of Mathematics of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, 1980-present. As of 2011, he is a professor at the University of California, San Diego.