Vladimir Konstantinovich Shumny (b. 12.02.1934, v. Khovny, Chernigov region, Ukraine), a geneticist. Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (2000). Academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences (1990; corresponding member since 1979), Russian Academy of Sciences (1991), European Academy of Sciences (2002), foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2000), National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine (2003), Doctor of Biological Sciences (1974), professor (1982). Honorary Professor of Novosibirsk State University.
The main studies are connected with the problems of heterosis, polyploidy, distant hybridization of plants, transgenesis. He performed a series of studies on the reconstruction of the plant genome by the methods of distant hybridization, cell culture and genetic engineering. Received new combinations of intergenital barley-wheat and barley-rye hybrids as material for cytogenetic studies. On their basis, replaced and additional lines for individual chromosomes were created, which opens up opportunities for creating new varieties. He received unique transgenic plants, in the genome of which a human betainferon gene and a bacterial nuclease gene were introduced, which is important for creating new biotechnologies and obtaining transgenic plant forms.
Author of about 500 scientific papers, including 4 monographs, 3 textbooks, 12 certificates of authorship for regional varieties and 13 patents.
Prize of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences named after academician V.A. Koptyug (2007) for the work “Reorganization of the Nuclear and Cytoplasmic Genomes in Creating New Forms of Cereal using Biotechnology Methods”.
Awarded with the Order of the Red Banner of Labor (1975), "Badge of Honor" (1982), "For Services to the Fatherland" of the III (2007) and IV (1999) degrees, with a gold medal named after N.I. Vavilov of the RAS (2007), other medals.