Mikheil Kakabadze (born 02.04.1939, Tbilisi)
Doctor of Geol.-Min. Sciences (1981), Professor (1999). Academician of Georgian Academy of Natural Sciences (2000), Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Georgia (2009).
Work Experience: 1989-1995 – Deputy Director in scientific affairs of the A. Janelidze Institute of Geology of Georgia; 1996-2003 -Chief Scientist of the A. Janelidze Institute of Geology of Georgia; 2004/present - Head of Department of Palaeontology and Stratigraphy of A. Janelidze Institute of Geology of Georgia of I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
Delivering a lecture course at a foreign higher educational institution: 1996/97 and 1999 - Germany, Ruperto Carola University of Heidelberg.
Long-term academic mission to research institutions: 1979/1980, 1989 - Germany, Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen; 1990 - France, Joseph Fournier University of Grenoble; 1996, 2000/2005 - The Netherlands, Leiden, National Museum of Natural History; 2006, 2009, 2011, 2014 - Germany, Ruperto Carola University of Heidelberg.
Sphere of Research : Palaeontology and Stratigraphy - Fossils of Cephalopod Mollusca - Ammonites (systematics, phylogeny, palaeoecology, biogeography, stratigraphical significance); Stratigraphy and correlation of the Cretaceous deposits of Tethyan and Boreal regions. M. Kakabadze is author of more than 160 scientific research (among them 6 monographs). He investigated Cretaceous Ammonites from Krimea/Caucasus, North Germany, South Africa, Mozambic, Brazilia and Colombia, identified new genera and species, new biostratigraphic zones and solved several principal problems of Cretaceous interregional correlation.
Scientific activity: 1989/present - Chair of the Cretaceous Commission of Georgia. 2004/present – Member of the Working Groups of the International Subcommission on Cretaceous Stratigraphy.
Awards, Prizes and Honorary Titles: 1974 - Laureate of Georgian Komsomol Prize in Science and Technique; 1980 - Fellow of the International Humboldt Foundation; 2012 - Laureate of A. Janelidze Prize (in Geology) of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences.
Family Status: wife - Marina Tatishvili, 2 children and 2 grandchildren.