Nikolai S. Kazak is a famous scientist and technician who made a significant contribution to optics, acoustooptics, and laser physics. He contributed much in creation of new scientific directions, namely linear and nonlinear optics of quasi-diffraction-free beams and optics of metamaterials. N.S. Kazak was awarded the Order of Francysk Skaryna (2002), the Order of Honor (2012), and the Gold Medal of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (2015). He is a laureate of the Lenin Komsomol Prize of Belarus (1978), and the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus in the field of science and technology (2000).
The title "Scientist of the Year of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus" is conferred annualy. The competition for the title aims at identifying and encouraging the most efficient scientists of the Academy of Sciences, informing the scientific community about the most significant scientific achievements, and strengthening the image of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The competition is supposed to stimulate creative activity, contribute to growth of the prestige and effectiveness of research and innovation activities, promote development of scientific schools in the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.