Vladimir Turaev is a mathematician of Russian origin, who has made fundamental contributions to Quantum Field Theory, low dimensional topology, knot theory, and their interactions with mathematical physics and algebra.
He is currently based at Indiana University (Home page which is not very informative!)
Quantum invariants of knots and 3-manifolds. Second revised edition, de Gruyter Studies in Mathematics, vol. 18, Walter de Gruyter and Co., Berlin, 2010.
Homotopy Quantum Field Theory , EMS Tracts in Math.10, European Math. Soc. Publ. House, Zurich 2010.
On certain enumeration problems in two-dimensional topology , Math. Res. Lett.16(3) (2009), 515-529.
with C. Kassel?, Braid groups , Graduate Texts in Mathematics 247, Springer, 2008.
(on braid groups)
Dijkgraaf-Witten invariants of surfaces and projective representations of groups, J. Geom. Phys. 57(11) (2007), 2419-2430.