“Orbitrap Inventor - Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bremen Germany”
Alexander Makarov was born in a Siberian town of Irkutsk in 1966 and went to study to Moscow Engineering Physics institute where he also obtained his PhD. After 2 post-doc years in Warwick Univ., he joined a small high-tech company HD Technologies in Manchester (UK). There he has started his work on the Orbitrap mass analyzer. Following the acquisition of the firm by Thermo Electron Corp. in 2000, Alexander has provided scientific leadership of the Orbitrap R&D which led to the commercial launch of LTQ Orbitrap mass spectrometer in 2005 and subsequent numerous extensions of this technology. He has received Award for Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry of ASMS, Science and Technology Award of HUPO, Thomson medal of IMSF and others. His hobbies include traveling, mountain skiing, roller-blading. He holds position of Director of Research, Life Science Mass Spectrometry in Bremen, Germany and a Chair in High Resolution Mass Spectrometry at Utrecht University in Netherlands. He is among authors of more than than 80 papers and over 250 issued patents, including over 100 US patents.