Georgia is a country with a rich cultural history and Georgians over the past several centuries have made major contributions to the world in different fields. King David IV and Queen Tamar are among the most significant historical figures in Georgia as the Kingdom of Georgia saw its Golden Age during their reign. In the ensuing centuries, the kingdom saw numerous major political conquests before finally becoming a unitary semi-presidential republic. Social revolutionary and journalist Noe Zhordania created history by becoming the 1st President of Democratic Republic of Georgia. Besides having a vibrant political history, the nation is also famous for having produced famous religious and academic figures like Grigol Peradze, Elie Melia, Ilia II, Grigol Tsereteli, and Mikheil Tsereteli. Talking of its cultural figures, famous Georgian artist Iago Dekanozishvili is renowned worldwide for reviving the prized art form Georgian cloisonne enamelwork. Musically rich and diverse, the country has been home to revered composers like Bidzina Kvernadze, Zurab Nadarejshvili, and Zakaria Paliashvili who have enriched the world of music with their rare talent. Read on to learn more about the life and works of famous Georgians hailing from diverse fields and occupations.
Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin
(Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR)

18 December 1878

Lavrentiy BeriaLavrentiy Beria

29 March 1899

Yakov DzhugashviliYakov Dzhugashvili
(Joseph Stalin's Son)

18 March 1907

Katie MeluaKatie Melua
(British-Georgian singer-songwriter)

16 September 1984

Mikheil SaakashviliMikheil Saakashvili

21 December 1967

Aram KhachaturianAram Khachaturian

06 June 1903

Tamar of GeorgiaTamar of Georgia

1160 AD

Kakha KaladzeKakha Kaladze
(Politician, Footballer)

22 February 1978

Sergei WitteSergei Witte

17 June 1849

David IV of GeorgiaDavid IV of Georgia

1073 AD

Tigran PetrosianTigran Petrosian
(Chess player, Writer, Journalist)

17 June 1929

Maximus the ConfessorMaximus the Confessor

0580 AD

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Aleksei BrusilovAleksei Brusilov
(officer, memoirist)

31 August 1853

Nodar KumaritashviliNodar Kumaritashvili

25 November 1988

Boris AkuninBoris Akunin
(Writer, Translator, Historian, Science fiction writer, Children's writer)

20 May 1956

Zviad GamsakhurdiaZviad Gamsakhurdia

31 March 1939

Shota RustaveliShota Rustaveli
(Poet, thinker, statesman, prince, treasurer)

1172 AD

Sandra RoelofsSandra Roelofs

23 December 1968

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Nino BurjanadzeNino Burjanadze

16 July 1964

Sergei BagapshSergei Bagapsh

04 March 1949

Eduard KokoityEduard Kokoity
(Former President of South Ossetia)

31 October 1964

Vladislav ArdzinbaVladislav Ardzinba

14 May 1945

Grigoriy OrdzhonikidzeGrigoriy Ordzhonikidze

24 October 1886

Viktor HambardzumyanViktor Hambardzumyan

18 September 1908

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Niko PirosmanashviliNiko Pirosmanashvili

05 May 1862