In pursuance of Decision No. 1161-133Х of September 22, 1955 by the Council of Ministers of the Ukrainian SSR, the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR decided (protocol No.70, §968) on September 30, 1955 to establish the Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics (IRE) of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR in Kharkov. This date is regarded the day of birth of the first Ukrainian specialized institute of radio physical profile, a new chapter in the Ukrainian radio physics. A.Ya. Usikov (in 1964 he was elected an academician of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR) was appointed an organizer and the first director of the Institute.
Since its establishment, the Institute has become a widely reputed scientific centre setting new standards for domestic and international achievements in radio physics, electronics, radio-physical research of solid and biological objects, radio wave propagation, remote sensing of the Earth’s natural environment from aerospace craft.
The truly international rank of the Institute is a reward for the talents and skills united in the Institute under the leadership of the outstanding scientists P.V. Bliokh, S.Ya. Braude, А.А. Galkin, V.P. German, N.S Zinchenko, А.I. Kalmykov, E.А. Kaner, G.Ya. Levin, I.Ye. Ostrovskiy, S.А. Peskovatskiy, V.G. Sologub, I.D. Truten’, I.S. Turgenev, А.Ya. Usikov, V.P. Shestopalov, to name just a few. Owing to their intellectual potential, enthusiasm, efficient scientific and technical management, harmonious groups of followers and strong teams of professionals were developed to get priority academic knowledge with its practical applications in various areas of modern radio physics and electronics.
Five subdepartments of Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics affiliate themselves with the Institute. They are:
«Radio Electronic Devices»,
«Radio Engineering Fundamentals»,
«Radio Electronics Systems»,
«Physical Foundations of Electronic Engineering».