The member of Theory Division, eminent russian physicist Dmitri Diakonov has passed away
December 26, 2012 after a heavy heart attack. He was only 63.
(See obituary and further information in Russian).
...This is very sad news. Please convey my sincere condolences to Dmitri's family and friends. My wife
and I vividly remember our visit in Petersburg (May 2010) where Dmitri was our host. I enclose a
picture made there. Cordial greetings...
...Too soon. Please convey my sympathy.
...I was distressed to hear of the death of Dmitri Diakonov--a wonderful theorist indeed. A great loss
to physics and to the Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute. Please convey my sympathy and respect to his
Very sorry to hear this. Thanks for informing us...
My condolences to DMITRI'S FAMILY AND COLLEAGUES...
I am truly sorry to hear this sad news. Please convey my deepest sympathy to his family and
ACADEMIA EUROPEA - Dana Kaiser:
On behalf of the Academia Europaea, please accept my condolences on the loss of Prof. Diakonov.
That is very sad news. My sympathy to all concerned.
I heard about Mitya's sudden passing
away, and wanted to express my condolences... It is a great loss to
the community, and also to those of us who have known him personally.
Not much can be said, unfortunately, except that Mitya
had a very productive and active life with many achievements, and that
everyone of us would be lucky to have achieved even a part of what Mitya
has done. Let he rest in peace.
These are very, very sad news. Mitya was
too young and had too many nice ideas for
further work to pass away from this world ...
Let me express my deepest feeling to his
closest persons, family, friends
and colleagues, in particular to you as his
long-standing coauthor of a highly successful
It is beyond my imagination that Mitya passed away.
Mine and Nelya's deep condolences to the Theory Group on the tremendous loss
of a brilliant physicist and an exceptional friend.
Thank you for letting us know about the sad news. A big loss and so untimely early!
I am very sorry to hear about the early passing away of Mitya.
Let me express my deep commiseration to you as the closest
collaborator of him.
The last meeting with him I had on occasion of the Ginzburg
Conference in Moscow, and I remember the phyics topics he was
engaged in during his last year of life. I had the hope, that
during my present stay in Russia some joint project could still
In deep sorrow,
I am very sorry to hear this news. Dmitri and I shared a common interest
in the work of Gribov. He was very kind and friendly and hospitable to me
when we met at the conference on Quark Confinement and Hadron Spectrum at
the Azores a few years ago. Please convey my condolences to his wife.
It is really a shocking news. Mitya stayed with us at RCNP in Japan until the
beginning of December. He was doing extremely well in RCNP.
It was just like yesterday.
We lost such a great physicist. He has done many important works. We
appreciate many of his works. We feel extremely sorry to hear this
I can only imagine what you feel, I'm really shocked myself. I try to recall my first meeting with
Mitya when he came to Krakow for a workshop in 1987. I knew his name from the DDT paper, and through
Bjorken, who visited Cracow some time earlier and gave a talk on DDT , basically without referring to
his own works. The world will be different without him. My deepest condolences
I am shocked by the news. Mitya Dyakonov was a talented physicist and a very dynamic and forceful
personality. This is a tragic loss for all of us who had the privilege to know him for many years and
enjoyed discussing with Mitya both physics and non-physics issues. It is a also a huge loss for the
Theory Division and PNPI as a whole, where Mitya worked for most of his life and remained to be one
of the most visible fugures. Please pass my condolence to Mitya's family.
Tel-Aviv University (Marek Karliner):
The terrible news has reached me yesterday. I am still in shock. Please be so kind and relay deep
condolences to Mitia's family and his colleagues from all his friends at at Tel Aviv University.
I am very shocked to hear that Mitya has passed away and I am deeply sad.
He visited Inha University last October and I had invaluable discussion
I had an excursion to Kyoto together with him last October. I still
cannot believe that he
has passed away. I would very much appreciate if you could pass my
condolence to his family.
Pierre van Baal:
What a blow that Mitya had a heart attack and died. Give his family my support, because it will hard
to except. And for you, it will also be a blow.
Yesterday I passed on the sad news about Dmitri to all my JLab colleagues
Hoping for a better...
I could not believe. Why we may accept such a sad thing? Mitya always was and will be for me one of
the most gifted person with a great abilities for the understanding of science and life.
This is a very sad and shocking news... Mitya was a good friend, colleague
and teacher and also a long time member of our institute. Please convey
my condolences to his family and to all his colleagues.
I am too shocked to believe that we lost one more friend....
Please take care and pass my condolences to Mitya's family.
Please pass my deepest condoulences to Mitya' family.
...life kicks strongly this time. Without Mitya world becomes more boring.
Please pass my deep condolence to Mitya's relatives and colleagues.
I met him last time in October 2012 in Osaka.
He was so sensitive, sympathetic man, wonderful, talented scientist...
I am shocked by this sorrowful event. Please convey my deep compassion to Mitya's family and
colleagues. He was always so full of energy, new ideas and common sense that it is incredibly hard to
imagine that he is not with us anymore.
What a sad news!
What can be said?
I learned ... about Mitja's sudden and unexpected death. I remember well
the first time he came to Bochum and the extraordinary impression
he made on me ever since. Please, accept and transmit my condolences
to his family.
...sad news indeed. He was instrumental
in my work on the heavy-quark operator expansion.
Please pass on my condolences.
All members at RCNP are very sorry to hear his passing away.
He was so brilliant, inspiring and charming.
I posted Dmtri's photos and a movie when we had a party at RCNP
in the last month at the URL address below.
I was a PhD student of Mitya Diakonov at the Niels Bohr Institute in
Copenhagen.I heard about the tragic loss yesterday and am very saddened by this.
...Could I send flowers?
Merete Boje and Tomas Bohr
We were shocked to hear ... that Dmitri Diakonov died
We were so happy to see him again after several years during our meeting
in the Danish Cultural Institute in Moika, and we were planning to stay
closer in touch in the future. He was an extraordinarily gifted and
knowledgeable person, not only in physics, but in almost any field you
could think of - including music. And he showed great hospitality to us
several times in our life. His death is a great loss for us and for many
people around the world.
I am shocked and saddened to hear about the untimely passing of Mitya
I have met him on several occasions and have really enjoyed reading his
papers and talking with him.
His sudden passing is a great loss for physics!
Please accept my most sincere condolences,
Further condolences and obituary in Russian
Recollections of Edward Shuryak
Recollections of Victor Petrov (in Russian)
Recollections of Nikolai Uraltsev (in Russian)
Recollections of Mikhail Eides (in Russian)
Recollections of Yakov Azimov (in Russian)
Some photos of Mitya Diakonov (T.Diakonova, My life. In memomoriam of
In memoriam of Dmitry Diakonov (V.Petrov, Lecture on the 2014
PNPI Winter School, in Russian)