European Seismological Commission

In Memory of Alexander A. Soloviev

A SolovievAlexander A. Soloviev

(October 21, 1947 – September 23, 2021)

The Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics RAS is deeply saddened to announce the sudden demise of our highly esteemed colleague and friend, Dr. Alexander A. Soloviev, on September 23, 2021.

This sad event came as a huge surprise to us. Pain and sorrow overwhelm the hearts of everyone who knew Alexander Anatolievich Soloviev...

Alexander Anatolievich Soloviev was a well-known geophysicist, chief researcher in IEPT RAS, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Sciences.

For more than 45 years he worked in our team, first at the Institute of Physics of the Earth of the USSR Academy of Sciences in the Department of Computational Geophysics, and then, since 1990, at the International Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics of the USSR Academy of Sciences, now the Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics RAS. In 1998-2017, he was a director of the Institute, ensuring its preservation and development.

Alexander Anatolievich made a fundamental contribution to the development of methods to identify the locations of possible strong earthquakes and to model seismic hazard. His scientific achievements were recognized by the global geophysical and seismological community. A.A. Soloviev is the author of more than 300 scientific papers.

Alexander Anatolievich gave much attention to young researchers. For about 10 years he taught at National University of Science and Technology MISIS and at the Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography. He was a member of the Dissertation Board at the Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth RAS.

International schools on earthquake prediction in the International Center for Theoretical Physics were held under the guidance of Alexander Soloviev in Trieste, Italy, for more than 20 years. He also was the responsible editor of the proceedings “Computational Seismology” published by IEPT RAS, the editor-in-chief of the “Journal of Volcanology and Seismology”, and a member of the editorial board of the journal “Izvestiya, Physics of the Solid Earth”.

Integrity and a good attitude to people were his hallmarks and left deep impression on everyone who knew him. We are devastated to have lost a wonderful man, talented scientist, wise mentor, colleague, friend...

Rest in peace.





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From the ESC Working Groups:

Visit the website of the WG Preservation, valorisation and analysis of seismological legacy data

Visit the website of the WG Harmonizing Internet Macroseismology in Europe 

Contribute to the Portal of the ESC WG on Communication here

Get to know the website of the FAULT2SHA Working Group and find out forthcoming activities! The WG promotes a new initiative, open to all researchers interested in contributing to discussions on topics that could improve the assessment of seismic hazard.


Find out about the Young Seismologist Training Course here.


What were the past General Assemblies of the ESC like? Find out! Interesting documentation has been made easily accessible.

This list summarizes the files.


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