Dr. Revaz Adamia, Director of the G. Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology passed away on March 4th, 2014.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dr. Revaz Adamia, Director of the Eliava Institute over the past 8 years. Revaz (Rezo) began working at the Institute in 1973 as a young researcher in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, where he distinguished himself as a scientist and administrator, rising to become head of the Institute from 1988 to 2006.
In the tumultuous times following the breakdown of the Soviet Union and the independence movement in Georgia, Rezo moved to politics in 1992. He was elected Member of Parliament of Georgia three times (1992-2002), serving as a Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee, Chairmen of the Georgian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and Vice-President of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He actively participated in the Georgia-Russia negotiations. He was a principal figure in the Georgia-Russia negotiation. The decision on how to stage the withdrawal of Russian troops was based on his recommendation of a course of action.
From 2002 to 2006, he was an Ambassador, the Permanent representative of Georgia to the United Nations and Chairman of the UN Disarmament Commission. In 2006 he returned to become the Director of the Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology and President of the Not-for Profit Eliava Foundation – Association for the development of Bacteriophages.
Dr. Adamia was a distinguished intellectual in both the biological and the political sciences, authoring more than one hundred publications on biology and bacteriophages, as well as politics and international relations.
In his spare time, Revaz Adamia was an accomplished mountaineer and an enthusiastic skier, in which capacity he set up a network of skiing schools for children throughout Georgia.
The phage family has lost an extraordinarily talented, engaging, respected, distinguished scientist and dedicated leader in the field.
The Eliava Family has suffered all that, and is coping with the devastating loss of a close, wonderful friend and colleague. We, and our country, have lost a great leader and a great man: a talented scientist, diplomat, politician and a treasured adviser.
He is survived by his wife, Nino, his sons Levan and Sandro, and his devoted stepdaughter, Mariam.