In memoriam - Tengiz Urushadze (1940 – 2021)

Gizo Urushadze and soil profile (© Teo Urushadze)With great sadness we inform that Professor Dr. Tengiz (Gizo) Urushadze passed away unexpectedly on the 12th of November 2021 at the age of 81 years. Gizo Urushadze studied at the Georgian Agricultural University in Tbilisi forestry, agriculture and soil sciences, followed by studies in Russia at the Institute of Geography and at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow.

Amongst many other functions and duties, he was director of the Michail Sabashvili Institute of Soil Science of the Agricultural University of Georgia as well as professor at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. In these functions, he was not only President of the Georgian Society of Soil Science, but also scientific advisor of the President of Georgia.

As member of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences, he was vice-president of the Georgian National Committee of the UNESCO program “Man and Biosphere”. He published more than 500 scientific papers including more than 50 books and textbooks with special interest in soils of mountain areas in Georgian, Russian and English language.

Moreover, he was member of the editorial board of several international scientific journals and main editor of the international journal “Annals of Agrarian Science”, which he founded in 2003. In 2018, he was elected Honorary Member of IUSS.

For all his scientific achievements, he received numerous national and international distinctions and awards, including two Honorary Doctoral degrees.

The International Union of Soil sciences will remember him as friend, colleague, and outstanding scientist.

By Winfried Blum, IUSS Honorary Member.

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