The D.I. Mendeleev All-Russian Institute for Metrology (VNIIM)
State Scientific Centre of the Russian Federation
State Test and Measurement Instrument Certification Centre

Юрий Васильевич Тарбеев

09.08.1931 – 05.06.2020

The D.I. Mendeleyev Institute for Metrology (VNIIM) records with deep sorrow the untimely departure of our outstanding metrology scientist, teacher and a public figure, Dr. Yuri Tarbeev. Metrology has become his calling, the embodiment of knowledge, creativity, and great enthusiasm. He devoted more of 30 years of his life to VNIIM, of which he gave 22 years to guiding the Institute. Under Dr. Tarbeev’s leadership a unique research metrological complex was built ‒ the Lomonosov Branch of VNIIM; first research and manufacturing association was created within the system of Gosstandart; first specialized department was opened, and foundations of territorial product quality management system were laid.

The international prestige of Russian metrology may be considered a personal merit of Dr. Tarbeev as a Member of the International Committee for Weights and Measures, and an active participant of Consultative Committees dealing with adoption of new definitions of meter and electrical units. Thanks to Dr. Tarbeev, measurement science and developing of measuring standards were among the priority areas of the State technical policy. Results of his work have received wide public recognition. As a winner of the Russian Federation Government Prize in the field of science and technology, and a holder of the Order of the Red Banner of Labour and six other Medals, he always used his high public profile for the good of the cause. He was founder of the Russian Academy of Metrology and its first President filling this post till the end of his carrier at VNIIM. He was also initator and author of the first Russian Edition of the Metrology Encyclopedia.

Dr. Tarbeev is remembered fondly by the older generation of VNIIM specialists as an amiable, hardworking and talented person, faithful companion, trusted colleague, and talented leader. For the middle generation and the youth of VNIIM, Dr. Tarbeyev remains an outstanding metrologist, through whose experience they learn and improve professionally. Everyone who knows his name grieves for the untimely departure of the legendary man, true patriot and enthusiast. Memory of Yuri Vasilievich Tarbeev will forever remain in the annals of VNIIM and in our hearts.

Staff of the D.I. Mendeleyev Institute for Metrology

D.I. Mendeleyev Institute for Metrology held a Working Meeting of the International Committee for Radionuclide Metrology (ICRM). Delegates from National Metrology Institutes and Radionuclide Laboratories from the US, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, China, Brazil, Australia, Slovakia, and Poland, as well as Russian specialists from industry Research Centers shared the results of recent studies of radioactivity.

Eduardo García-Toraño Martínez, Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT): “The Committee works in the seven focus areas. VNIIM is hosting two Working Groups studying ionizing radiation as a life science (Life-Sciences WG), and specialists working in the field of liquid scintillation (ICRM LSC WG), which are considered to be most advanced because they are closely related to radionuclide standardization, as well as with nuclear medicine and biological research.”

At present, 43 scientific organizations are members of the ICRM. The main goal of the Committee is to spread information on methods, techniques, and reference data on radionuclide metrology to solve a wide range of problems in research and industrial fields. According to Mr. García-Toraño Martínez, high level of scientific research conducted in D.I. Mendeleyev Institute for Metrology was the determining factor in the decision on the venue of the meeting. Sergey G. Trofimchuk, Head of the VNIIM Department for Ionizing Radiation, noted that research in the field of nuclear medicine and liquid scintillation are important areas of the Institute activities. “Based on its improved...

Participants of the International Scientific and Technical Seminars: “GUM New Perspective” and “Mathematics, Statistics And Computation To Support Measurement Quality” discussed the issues of developing the concept of measurement uncertainty. The D.I. Mendeleyev Institute of Metrology (VNIIM) organized and hosted these events from 28 to 31 May. 2018. Over seventy Russian and foreign experts in mathematical analysis, data processing, theoretical, legal and applied metrology discussed a new version of the fundamental international document “Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement” (GUM) and modern methods for evaluating the measurement accuracy. The members of Working Group 1 of the Joint Committee for Guides in Metrology (WG1 JCGM), Maurice Cox from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL, UK), and Nicolas Fischer from the National Laboratory of Metrology and Testing (LNE, France) made exhaustive reports on the matter at the Seminar “GUM New Perspective”. This Working Group is directly engaged in improving the GUM and, as Maurice Cox pointed out: “The developers of the new document seek to promote its universality, i.e. ability to cover as many areas of activities and fields of measurement as possible. The developing team expects that the document will be used by organizations working in a large variety of domains: from accredited laboratories to scientific research centers, such as VNIIM.” The opportunity to have direct discussions with representatives of the Working Group engaged in improving the GUM was highly appreciated by specialists in applied metrology. One of them, A. Danilov, Director of the Standardization and Metrology Center of the...