Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences

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Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences
İsmailiyye palace 2008.jpg
Presidium of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences in Baku
Established 23 January 1945
President Akif Alizadeh
Staff 7,000 (63 academicians, 61 corresponding members, 335 doctors of sciences, 1,080 candidates of sciences)
Formerly called Academy of Sciences of the Azerbaijan SSR
Address 24 Istiglaliyyat Street, Baku, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) (Azeri: Azərbaycan Milli Elmlər Akademiyası (AMEA)), located in Baku, is the main state research organization and the primary body that conducts research and coordinates activities in the fields of science and social sciences in Azerbaijan. It was established on 23 January 1945.

The President of ANAS is Akif Alizadeh and the Academician-Secretary of ANAS is the corresponding member Rasim Alguliyev.[1]


The Academy was based on the Azerbaijan Society for Scientific Research and Studies, which was first affiliated with Baku State University and later with the USSR Academy of Sciences. In 1945, the USSR Council of People's Commissars ordered the society to be reorganized into the Academy of Sciences of the Azerbaijan SSR. During its first year, the Academy numbered 15 members; Uzeyir Hajibeyov and Samad Vurgun among them.[2]

The Presidium is currently located in the historical Ismailiyya building on Istiglaliyyat Street in the center of Baku.


Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences is divided into 5 departments (altogether they affiliate over 30 research and cultural institutions throughout the country), namely:[2]

The Academy has regional branches in Ganja, Shaki and Lankaran.


The Academy has a two-tier membership. Currently there are 57 active members and 104 corresponding members. Membership is granted through a vote. The Academy also grants honorary memberships.


Presidium of the National Academy is located on one of the busiest streets of Baku

The main executive figure in the academy is the President of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences[3] who is elected by members of the Academy.

Name of President Period served
Mir-Asadulla Mirgasimov 1945–1947
Yusif Mammadaliyev 1947–1950
Musa Aliyev 1950–1958
Zahid Khalilov 1961–1967
Rustam Ismayilov 1967–1970
Hasan Abdullayev 1970–1983
Eldar Salayev 1983–1997
Faramaz Magsudov 1997–2000
Mahmud Karimov 2000–2013
Akif Alizadeh 2013–


The Academy was criticized by several members of the National Assembly, in July 2012 for publishing a children's tale called "The Unwanted Son-In-Law," which contained vulgar language and graphic scenes of incest. The story was published in 2007 in the sixth volume of the ambiguously titled "Tales" anthology. Kamila Aliyeva, a member of the Science and Education Committee was quoted as saying "I wonder if they were aware of the contents of the book," she asked. "If they were, it is shameful. And if they were not, it is also shameful."[4]


The academy is a member of the Caucasus University Association.[5]


  1. Meeting with young scientists proposed for Presidential Award
  2. 2.0 2.1 Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences: Establishment. Retrieved 31 December 2006
  3. Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences: Previous Presidents. Retrieved 31 December 2006
  4. Deana Kjuka, Rovshan Gambarov (20 July 2012). "'Shameful' Folktale of Incest, Vulgarity Causes Outrage in Azerbaijan". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  5. Tüm Uyeler.

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