The effect of distraction stimulation (tension stress) on the regeneration was officially recorded at the Committee on Inventions and Discoveries under number 335, on September 15, 1988.
Professor G.A. Ilizarov’s herculean endeavours were recognised in a number of prestigious international awards and medals such as:
• Doctor Emeritus of the Russian Federation;
• Winner of the Lenin Prize;
• Hero of Socialist Labour, with gold star;
• Medal of the Red Flag;
• Lenin Star.
He was also elected as a member of the USSR Academy of Sciences and of many orthopaedic associations in other countries such as France, Italy, Mexico, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia.
Gavriil Abramovich Ilizarov, the creator of one of the most used and pioneering techniques, died in Kurgan on July 24, 1992.