Areg M. Mickaelian (b. 1962)
Areg Mickaelian is an Armenian astronomer who initiated the foundation of the Armenian Astronomical Society (ArAS) in 1999, digitization of the famous Markarian Survey and creation of the world's largest spectroscopic database in 2002-2005, development of the Armenian Virtual Observatory (ArVO) project in 2005, and a number of other important matters for the Armenian astronomy.
Areg Mickaelian permanently works at the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) but have a number of international collaborations and works at astronomical centres of the USA, Germany, France, and Italy as well. He is a Senior researcher and Head of a research group at BAO, Co-President of the Armenian Astronomical Society (ArAS), Principal Investigator of the Armenian Virtual Observatory, Council member of the Euro-Asian Astronomical Society (EAAS), Organizing Committee member of the IAU Commission 9, Executive Committee member of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). He was the Scientific Secretary of BAO in 1994-2001.
Major research on the First Byurakan Survey (FBS) blue stellar objects, QSOs and Seyfert galaxies, identifications and study of IRAS galaxies and ROSAT X-ray sources, white dwarfs, cataclysmic variables, digitization of the FBS and creation of the Digitized FBS (DFBS) database. Discovery and multiwavelength studies of more than 2000 objects.
Visiting astronomer and professor at a number of foreign research institutes since 1997: Observatoire de Haute-Provence (OHP, France), Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y., USA), Universita di Roma “La Sapienza” (Rome, Italy), Hamburger Sternwarte (HS, Germany), Observatoire de Lyon (CRAL, France), etc. Participant, invited speaker, and organizer of about 40 international conferences. More than 20 invited seminars given in the USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, India, and other countries.
Member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), European Physical Society (EPS), European Astronomical Society (EAS), “Euroscience”, Euro-Asian Astronomical Society (EAAS), American Astronomical Society (AAS), Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), Armenian Physical Society (APS), Armenian Astronomical Society (ArAS), Core member of the IAU Working group Preservation and Digitization of Photographic Plates (PDPP), Associated member of the EAS Sub-Regional European Astronomical Committee (SREAC).
About 100 publications in international journals "Astrophysics", "Astronomy Letters", "Astronomy & Astrophysics", "Astronomical & Astrophysical Transactions", "Baltic Astronomy", "Romanian Astronomical Journal", etc.; papers in Proceedings of international meetings, including the IAU Symposia, IAU Colloquia, EAS publications, etc.; 6 booklets; 10 reviews; and 5 electronic catalogs; a number of information materials and popular articles.