Vladimir Dimitrievich Kekelidze

Vice-Director of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research


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
  • 1970–1973 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, VBLHEP, JINR
  • 2009-2021 Director, VBLHEP, JINR
  • 2018-2021 Acting Vice-Director of JINR for the NICA megascience project
  • Since 2021 Vice-Director of JINR

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);
  • Badge of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation “For international cooperation in the nuclear industry” (2022);






phone: +7 (49621) 6-58-15, 6-53-06

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

e-mail: kekelidze@jinr.ru