Vladimir Dimitrievich Kekelidze

Acting Vice-Director of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research for the NICA megascience project
Director of the Veksler and Baldin Laboratory of High Energy Physics


Vladimir D. Kekelidze, Doctor of Science in Physics and Mathematics, Professor, RAS Corresponding Member.

Date and place of birth:

21 October 1947, Riga, Latvia

Education and degrees:

  • 1965–1970 Tbilisi State University (TSU), Faculty of Physics
  • 19705–1973 Postgraduate course, TSU
  • 1977 Candidate of Science in Physics and Mathematics («Study of Form Factors for Neutral Kaon Semileptonic Decays»)
  • 1987 Doctor of Science in Physics and Mathematics («Study of Strange and Charm Baryons in Neutron Fragmentation Processes»)
  • 2000 Professor («Instruments and Methods in Experimental Physics»)
  • 2019 Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Professional career:

  • 1973–1990 Junior Researcher, Senior Researcher, Head of Laboratory, Institute of High Energy Physics, TSU
  • 1990–1997 Head of sector, Deputy Director of LSHE, JINR
  • 1997–2007 Director, LPP, JINR
  • 2005–2006 Visiting Professor, CERN
  • 2007–2008 Director, LHE, JINR
  • 2008–2009 Acting Director, LHEP, JINR
  • Since 2009 Director, LHEP, JINR
  • Since 2018 Acting Vice-Director of JINR for the NICA megascience project

Scientific and organizational activity:

  • 1971–1990 TSU group leader in the collaborations BIS, BIS-2 and CHARM, JINR
  • 1990–2006 Leader of the experiments EXCHARM and EXCHARM-2 at the U70 accelerator (IHEP, Serpukhov)
  • Since 1991 JINR group leader in the NA-48, NA-48/1, NA-48/2, NA-62 at SPS, CERN
  • Since 1991 Member of the manager committee of international cooperation in NA-48 and NA-62
  • 1991–2007 Member of the Scientific Qualification Commission at LPP, JINR
  • 1993–1995 Expert of RFBR
  • 1997–2000 Member of the commission at the Supreme Qualification State Committee
  • Since 1997 Member of PAC for Particle Physics
  • Since 1998 Member of STC, JINR
  • Since 2000 Spokesperson for the international collaboration NA-48/2, carrying out the high-precision study of charged kaon decays at the SPS accelerator, CERN
  • Since 2000 Member of organizing committees of international conferences
  • 2002–2006 Chairman of the NA-48 Collaboration Steering Committee
  • 2002–2012 Member of the editorial board of the journal “Elementary Particles and Atomic Nuclei, Letters”
  • Since 2008 Member of the VBLHEP Dissertation Council
  • Since 2010 Co-leader of the project to develop the accelerator experimental complex NICA/MPD
  • 2011–2017 Member of the C11 group of IUPAP board

Educational activity:

  • Supervising Diploma theses, PhD theses. Consulting Doctoral thesis.

Scientific interests:

Experimental elementary particle physics: rare kaon decays; production and decay characteristics of hadrons containing strange or heavy quarks, multiquark states, CP-violation issues; CM check; phase transitions in dense baryonic matter.

Scientific publications:

Author of more than 300 scientific papers.

Prizes, honorary titles:

  • State Prize of the Georgian SSR in science and technology (1986).
  • 12 JINR Prizes (1978–2017);
  • Certificate of Merit from the Governor of the Moscow Region (2001);
  • Medal of the Order “For the Merit to the Fatherland”, 2nd class (2006);
  • Medal “50 Years of Poland’s Membership to JINR” (2006);
  • Honorary Doctor of Plovdiv University (2012),
  • Medal “Veteran of Atomic Power Engineering and Industry” (2013),
  • Badge “Honorary Worker of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation” (2013)
  • Badge of Honour «For the Services to Dubna» (2017)
  • Medal of the Order “For the Merit to the Fatherland”, 1st class (2018);
  • Title “Honorary Doctor of the Tbilisi State University” (2018);






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fax: +7 (49621) 6-57-67

e-mail: kekelidze@jinr.ru