Kirill Y. Kondratyev

Kirill Y. Kondratyev (14 June 1920 – 1 May 2006) was a Russian atmospheric physicist.

Kondratyev was born about 300 km northwest of Moscow. He went to school in Leningrad and in 1938 entered the University of Leningrad to study physics, mathematics, and chemistry. In 1941, he joined the Russian army and experienced the siege of Leningrad. He graduated in atmospheric physics in 1946 and was made and assistant professor in the Faculty of Physics. He later held the posts of lecturer, research scientist, professor of atmospheric physics, chief of the Department of Atmospheric Physics, University Vice-Rector and Rector. From 1958-61 he was Head of the Department of Radiation Studies at the Main Geophysical Observatory. He was a staff member of the Institute for Lake Research and the Research Centre for Ecological Safety. He helped to create the Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre.

He was a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the International Academy of Astronautics, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (1970)[1], the American Meteorological Society and the Royal Meteorological Society. He received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Lille (France), Athens (Greece) and Budapest (Hungary). His prizes include the USSR State Prize and the twelfth International Meteorological Organization Prize. He was editorial advisor to Proceedings of the Russian Geographic Society (Russia), Idojaras (Hungary), Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics (Austria), Atmosfera (Mexico), Il Nuovo Cimento C (Italy) and Sustainable Development (USA).

He was a leading researcher in the Complex Atmospheric Energetic Experiment (CAENEX) project, 1970-75, the object of which was to study the transport of all categories of energy and all types of flux heat divergence in the atmosphere.[2] Along with determining the shortwave(IR) absorption of atmospheric aerosols.[3]

Kondratyev served as a member of the International Programme Committee for the World Conference on Climate Change, held in Moscow in 2003, where he presented a paper entitled "Uncertainties of Global Climate Change Observations and Simulation Modeling." His skepticism about global warming[4] is said to have influenced the views of Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, on climate change.

He died on 1 May 2006.


  1. "List of Members".
  2. Kirill Ya. Kondratyev, Lev S. Ivlev, Vladimir F. Krapivin and Costas A. Varostos, Atmospheric Aerosol Properties: Formation, Processes and Impacts, Springer Praxis Books, 2006
  3. Kondratyev, K. Ya.; Vassilyev, O. B.; Grishechkin, V. S.; Ivlev, L. S. (1974). "Spectral Radiative Flux Divergence and Its Variability in the Troposphere in the 04–24–μ Region". Applied Optics. 13 (3): 478–86. Bibcode:1974ApOpt..13..478K. doi:10.1364/AO.13.000478. PMID 20126012.
  4. Professor Kirill Kondratyev: Global Warming is a Myth (in Russian) Archived 2017-05-12 at the Wayback Machine

Further reading

  • Cracknell, Arthur P.; Krapivin, Vladimir F.; Varotsos, Costas A. (2009). "The seminal nature of the work of Kirill Kondratyev". Global Climatology and Ecodynamics: Anthropogenic Changes to Planet Earth. pp. 1–16. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-78209-4_1. ISBN 978-3-540-78208-7.
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