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     Head of Earth's sciences department of  Georgian National Academy of sciences, head of department of tectonics, regional geology and  seismotectonics of A. Janelidze Institute of  geology

Academic degree, status:

Dr.,Professor, Academician
  Correspondence language:

English, German, Russian


  Addresses: M. Alexize str.1/9 0193, A. Janelidze Institute of geology,
                     Rustaveli str. 0108, Georgian National Academy of sciences
   Place: Tbilisi
   Country:  Georgia
  Communication:  Direct line:   +(995 32) 299 64 45, +(99532) 2330075
                                 Fax office:    +(995 32) 233 06 47
                                 Home tel. number:  +(995 32) 222 32 94

  Education: 1951-1956 Georgian Technical University, Engineer-geologist

   Professional qualification:  Candidate's degree (1963)  "The Structure of Racha-Lechxumi
                                              Doctor's degree (1974) "Mechanizm of formation of tectonic
                                              structures and some general problems of tectogenesis".

   Professional experience:  1957-1958 - laboratory assistant of geology and paleontology
                                           department of the Tbilisi State University
                                           1958-1961 - post-graduate student of the Geological  Institute of the
                                           Georgian Academy of sciences
                                           1961-1966 -  junior scientific researcher of  the Institute
                                           1966-1975 - senior scientific researcher  of the Institute
                                           Since 1975 head of the Department of the Tectonics, Regional geology
                                           and seismotectonics of A. Janelidze Geological Institute
                                           Since 1988 - head of Earth"s sciences department of Georgian NAS
                                           1967-1968 - Irakli Gamkr elidze was raising his qualification in tectonics 
                                           in Hannover, Munich and Claustall - Zellerfeld (German Federal

  Sphere of scientific interests:
                                           regional geology and geotectonics, structural geology,  mechanizm of
                                          tectonic structure formation, morphologic- kinematical features and genesis
                                          of tectonic nappes, geodynamic evolution of the Mediterranean mobile belt
                                         and seismotectonics, horizontal tectonic layering of the lithosphere,
                                          geodynamic conditions of magmatic and metamorphism processes.
  Number of publications: ower 200 works including 10 monographs.

  Citation index: according to ISI (12/24/2004) and (6/19/2011) compared data – 380; other (direct) citation data – 545; in all - 925

  Selected works:

1. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1969). Structure and development of the southern slope of the Greather Caucasus and Georgian block // Geotectonics, N4, pp. 72-84.
2. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1972) Planetary jointing of dislocated rocks and connected with it phenomena// Geotectonics, N6, p.45-54.
3. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1974). Adjara-Trialeti trough and problem of origin of Black Sea basin // Geotectonics, N 1, pp. 78-94. (Co-authors: Sh.  Adamia et al.).
4. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1976) Mechanism of tectonic structure formation and some general problems of tectogenesis // Geological Institute Proceedings. New Series,Vol. 52, 226 p. (in Russian with English summary).
5. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1977) Tectonic nappes of the southern slope of the Greater Caucasus // Geological Institute Proceedings, Vol. 57, 82 p. (in Russian with English summary) (Co-author P.D. Gamkrelidze)
6. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1977)Tectonic development of Anatolian-Caucasus-Iran segment of the Mediterranean  belt // Geotectonics, N3, pp.25-37.
7. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1978) Zaclade crty tektoniky Kaukazu a Zapadnich Karpat // Geologicke prace (Bratislava), Sp 69, pp. 21-80 (Co-authors: P. Gamkrelidze, A. Biely, O. Fusan).
8. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1979)Die paleozoische entwiklung des Kaukasus und angrenzenden gebiete des Mediterran-Guertels//Zeitschrift fur Geologische Wissenschaften Varizische Tectogene Eurasiens, Teil II Iahrgang 7, Heft 10, S. 1249-1257.
9. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1981)Ophiolites of the Dzirula Massif and problem of Paleotethis in the Caucasus// Geotectonics, N5, p.23-33. (co-authors: G.D.Dumbadze et al.)
10. Gamkrelidze I.P.(1981) Thrust zone of the Krizna nappe at stoly in the Tatra MTS (Poland)// Studia Geologica Polonica (Warszawa). Vol. LXVIII, p.72-82, (Co-authors: M.Bac-Moszaszwili et al.)
11. Gamkrelidze I.P.(1982) Nappe structures of the Caucasus// Alpine structural elements Carpathian-Balkan-Caucasus-Pamir orogene zone (Bratislava), Veda,  p.95-114.
12. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1984). To the investigation of tectonic structure of the Caucasus// Geologicke Prace (Bratislava), Sp. 80, pp. 39-45.
13. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1984). Peculiarities of mechanism of formation of nappe structure of the Caucasus and the Southern Carpathians // Geologicke Prace (Bratislava), Sp. 80, pp. 101-106.
14. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1984). Tectonic structure and Alpine geodynamics of the Caucasus // Proceedings of GIN of Georg. Acad. Of Sci., Vol. 86. Tectonic and metallogeny of the Caucasus, pp. 105-184, (in Russian).
15. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1984). Geology of Central Adjara-Trialeti and problem of formation of Borjomi mineral water // Proceedings GIN of Georg. Acad. Of Sci., New Ser. Geol. N 1, Vol. 83,  82 p. (in Russian, co-author G.P.Lobjanidze).
16. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1985). Experiments with modeling of transformed folded structures in some zones of the Greater Caucasus // Bull. of Georg. Acad. Of Sci., vol. 120, N 2, pp. 340-346. (Co-authors: T.V.Giorgobiani et al.).
17. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1985). History of formation of Mediterranean belt formation in Mesozoic and Cenozoic // Geotectonics, N 3, pp. 91-102. (Co-author A.L.Knipper).
18. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1986) Geodynamic evolution of the Caucasus and adjacent areas in Alpine time//Tectonophysics,  vol. 127, p.261-267.
19. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1987). Structure of Kvaisa ore-bearing zone (Georgia) // Isvestia AN SSSR, Ser. Geol., N1, pp. 96-105. (in Russian, co-author F.D.Maisadze).
20. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1988). Alpine geodynamics of the Caucasus and adjacent areas // Studia Geologika Polonica (Warszawa), vol. XCI, pp. 61-75.
21. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1990) Kinematics of the Alpine deformation of the Caucasus and adjacent areas// Mechanics of jointed and faulted rock, Balkema-Rotterdam (Brookfild), p.183-186 (Co-author T. V. Giorgobiani).
22. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1991) Tectonic nappes and horizontal layering of the Earth's crust in the Mediterranean belt (Carpathians, Balkanides and Caucasus)// Tectonophysics, vol. 196, p.385-396.
23. Gamkrelidze I.P.(1996)  Macera nappe in crystalline core of the Greater Caucasus and its geological significance// Bull. Georg. Acad. Sci., vol.154, N1, p.84-89 (Co-authors: D.Shengelia, G.Chichinadze)
24. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1997) Georgia// Encyclopedia of Europian and Asian regional geology// Chapmen and Hall , p. 256-281.
25. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1998). Active deep faults map and catalogue of the territory of Georgia // Bull. of Georg. Acad. of Sci., Vol. 157, N 1, pp. 80-85. (Co-authors: T.V.Giorgobiani et al.).
26. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1998). Stress vector orientations and movement of the Earth's crust of the territory of Georgia on the neotectonic stage // Bull. of Georg. Acad. of Sci., Vol. 158, N2, pp. 283-287. (Co-author S.Kuloshvili).
27. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1999). New data on the geological structure of the Locki crystalline massif//Bulletin of the Georgian Academy of sciences. Vol. 160.-N1.-Pp.93-97 (Co-authors: D. Shengelia, I. Shvelidze, G. Vashakidze).
28. Gamkrelidze I.P. (1999). Petrogenetic model of the Dzirula crystalline massif magmatites in the light of tectonic layering of the Eart's crust//Bulletin of the Georgian Academy of Sciences. Co-author D. Shengelia.
29. Gamkrelidze I.P. (2000).Geostructural basis and geophysical investigations for the seismic hazard assessment and prediction in the Caucasus //IL NUOVO CIMENTO.  - Vol.23. - ?2. - Pp.191-215. (Co-authors: M. Caputo et al.)
30. Gamkrelidze I.P. (2000). Once more on the tectonic zoning of the territory of Georgia. Summary//Geological Institute proceeding. New series. Vol.115. Transactions of the Scientific sessions dedicated to the 110-th anniversary of academician A. Janelidze.P. 204-208 (in Russian)          
31. Gamkrelidze I.P. (2001). Origin of the igneous rocks of the Dzirula crystalline massif (Caucasus) in the light of the tectonic layering of Earth's crust // Geotectonics, vol. 35, N1, p.51-60. (co-author: D.Shengelia).
32. Gamkrelidze I.P. (2002). Geodynamic typification of Precambrian-phanerozoic magmatism of Georgia. // Georgian Academy of Sciences. A. Janelidze Geological  Institute. Proceeding. New series.Vol. 117. - p. 105.-126 Co-authors. O.Z. Dudauri, G.Sh. Nadareishvili, N.i. Skhirtladze, B.D. Tutberidze, D.M. Shengelia.
33. Gamkrelidze I.P. (2004). Precambrian of the Caucasus // Mineralogical Journal (Ukraine) v. 26, N3, pp. 53-61 (in Russian) (Co-authors: D.M. Shengelia et al.).
34. Gamkrelidze I.P. (2005). Precambrian-Paleozoic regional metamorphizm, granitoid magmatizm and geodynamics of the Caucasus// Moscow, Scientific words, 458 p. (in Russian), (Co-author: D. Shengelia, with English Summary).
35. Gamkrelidze I.P.(2005). Some questions of thermo-geodynamics of the Caucasus and the Black and the Caspian Seas water areas// J. Georgian Geophisical society, vol. 9a, p. 58-63. (Co-authors: G.Gugunava et al.)
36. Gamkrelidze I.P. (2005). Precambrian regional metamorphism, magmatism and geodynamics of the Caucasus. Inst. of Earth Sciences // Budelkhand University, jhansi, India, pp. 197-200(Co-authors: D.M. Shengelia et al.).
37. Gamkrelidze I.P. (2007). Pre-Alpine geodynamics of the Caucasus, suprasubduction regional metamorphism and granitoid magmatism// Bull. Georg. National Acad. Sci., 2007, vol. 175, N1, p.57-65(Co-authors: D. Shengelia).
38. Gamkrelidze I.P. ( 2008). Tbilisi fault and seismic activity of Tbilisi environs (Georgia)// A.Janelidze geological institute Proceedings, New series, vol. 124, p. 30-35 (Co-authors: T.Tsamalashvili et al.).
39. Gamkrelidze I.P. (2008). On genesis of Tbilisi olistostroms // A.Janelidze Geological institute Proceedings, New Ser. Vol. 124, pp. 24-29. (Co-authors: G.Sh.Nadareishvili et al.)
40. Gamkrelidze I.P. (2009). Tectonic map of Georgia (digital version). Tbilisi. (Co-authors: M. Pruidze, M. Gamkrelidze, M. Loladze).

   Participation in scientific forums (during last 10 years):

b.    31-th International Geological Congress. Rio de Janeiro (Brazile), 2000
c.    32-th International Geological Congress. Florence, 2004
d.    International symposium of the Mediterranean belt, Istambul, 2005
e.    33-th International Geological Congress. Oslo, . 2008

  Participation  in scientific projects (during 10years):

    NATO LYNCAGE(1996-1997), INTAS (Open call(2002-2006), ISTC (#A-1418, 2007-2011),    
    ISTC (G-15321, 2009-2011), SCOPES Project (2010-2012)
             Grants of the Georgian Academy of  Sciences (1997-1999)
             Grants of the Georgian National fund (GNSF//06/5-037,2006-2009)

   Scientific activity:
             In 1970-1996 I. Gamkrelidze has been engaged in pedagogical activities
     at the Georgian Technical University, where covered a path from senior teacher (1970) to the 
     professor of chair (1979).
             In 1976-1990,   I. Gamkrelidze was a leader of working group of the Multilateral  
cooperation of the academies of sciences of the former socialist countries. In that period he conducted geological investigations on the territories of Bulgaria, Poland, GDR, Hungary, Rumania and Czechoslovakia.
             In 1979 and 1990 he was an organizer of the international Conferenses in Tbilisi and a guide of geological excursion on the territory of Georgia.
             In 1976-2008 I. Gamkrelidze was delivering lectures at the universities and scientific institutions of Munich, Warsaw, Bratislava, Sophia, Bucharest, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Paris, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Rome, Fribourg, Moscow and other cities of former Soviet Union.
    Since 1996 I. Gamkrelidze is a President of the Georgian Geological Society and Chairman of the National Cammitee of  Georgian geologists. At the same time he is a member of the international Association of Planetology, of interdepartment Tectonic Committee of Russia, of the Commision of international Geological map, of Principal Scientific Council of Georgian Encyklopedia, of Editorial Board of A. Janelidze istitute of geology. He  is Janelidze(1986) and Tvalchrelidze(2008) prizes laureate of Georgian Academy of Sciences.