This annual report presents an account of the last
year of the first mandate of the present Institute Administration.
The landmark of this year was the election for Fellows of the Bulgarian
Academy of Sciences. Two of our coworkers: Nicola Sabotinov and
Alexander G. Petrov received the highest scientific position of
Academicians (Fellows) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
In general, the completed mandate of the Institute
regarded a success by the Administrative Council of the Bulgarian
Academy of Sciences and the Director of the Institute was re-elected.
In this respect, it is our great pleasure to acknowledge the commitment
of our administration and staff to various responsibilities,
scientific and administrative as well. Despite difficult economic
conditions, it is this devotion of the staff that keeps the Institute
going. Support by Development Fund of the Bulgarian Academy of
Sciences, National Council "Scientific Studies", NATO, European Union,
is gratefully acknowledged. Scientists working on internationally
funded projects enjoyed a far better perspective and recognition of
During the year 2003 Professor Alexander Derzhanski (Corresponding
Member of BAS) was elected Honorary Member the Institute of Solid State
Physics. This is our tribute to his great role in putting the grounds
of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Liquid Crystal Physics in the
Institute and in the Bulgarian physics. M. Gospodinov, R. Djulgerova
and Chr. Popov received the George Nadjakov Sign of Honour 1st degree
(gold-plated medal on a ribbon), while N.Tonchev and A.G. Petrov
received the 2nd degree Sign of Honour. Teams lead by D.Nesheva,
L.Spassov and S.Andreev received diplomas for the best scientific
achievements of the year.
Alexander G. Petrov