The American research journal Science Magazine has published an article on the activities of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions in Dubna, Russia, which is headed by academician Yuri Oganessian. This article was timed to the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Mendeleev Periodic Table celebrated worldwide in 2019.
The article says, in particular, that 85-year-old Yuri Oganessian, after whom the 118th element of the periodic table (oganesson/Og) was named, is not only a living legend but also a scientist who is on the threshold of a new technological revolution.
According to the journal, to push the periodic table even further, the Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions has built a new $60 million facility dubbed the Superheavy Element Factory (SHEF). This facility was to start a hunt for element 119, 120, or both, in spring 2019.
Science Magazine believes that not a single scientist from those living now has made as many significant discoveries in nuclear physics as the scientist of Armenian origin has.