David Lordkipanidze was awarded the Official Decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany

15 June 2016
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General Director of the Georgian National Museum, Prof. Dr. David Lordkipanidze was awarded the Official Decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany - Goethe Medal.

David Lordkipanidze is the well-known paleoanthropologist of our time. Results of his scientific studies, based on the 1.8 years old earliest hominid remains discovered at the Dmanisi archaeological site, completely rewrote the history of ancient human development and their settlements. Under his leadership, the Georgian National Museum became the leading modern cultural institution of Georgia.

Scientist and museum director is actively cooperating with various scientists and scientific-educational institutions, Goethe Institute and as important German partners, as Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and Frankfurt Senckerberg Museum are among them. David Lordkipanidze was also awarded the Humboldt Prize.

Goethe Medal is annually awarded to the three foreign candidates chosen by the Goethe institutes and Goethe institute central office jury. Goethe Medal is the official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The awardees have included Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Bourdieu, David Cornwell AKA John le Carré, Sir Ernst Gombrich, Lars Gustafsson, Ágnes Heller, Petros Markaris, Sir Karl Raimund Popper, Jorge Semprún, Robert Wilson, Neil MacGregor and Helen Wolff.

The award ceremony will be held in Weimar, on Goethe's birthday - August 28 of this year. Together with the Prof. David Lordkipanidze Nigerian photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi and the writer Yurii Andrukhovych from Ukraine will be awarded the Goethe Medal.

Laudation will be read by the director of German Archaeological Institute, Friederike Fless.