A significant contribution to the formation and development of geographical science in Kazakhstan was made by scientists - heads of the Sector, Department and Institute of Geography:
LEADERS OF THE SECTOR OF GEOGRAPHY AS KAZSSR
Petr Simonov Vasilievich (1907-1942) - economic Geographer, First Leader of the Geography Sector of the Kazakh Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences. From December 1938 to November 1941 he worked as head of the Geography Sector.
Nikolay Baranskiy Nikolaevich (1881-1963) - Largest economic Geographer, state public Figure, Corresponding Member of the USSR AS, Hero of Socialist Labor. He worked as the Head of the sector in 1941-1943.
Oleg Nazarevsky Rostislavovich (1910-1991) - complex Geographer, Doctor of Geographical Sciences, was the head of the sector in 1944 -1945.
Nikolay Palgov Nikitich (1889-1970) - Geographer and Glaciologist, Doctor of Geographical Sciences, Professor, the first Academician-Geographer of the Academy of Sciences of the KazSSR, Honored Scientist (1945-1961).
Ivan Nazarenko Mikhailovich (1914-1994) - economic Geographer, Candidate of Geographical Sciences. 1961-1963 - was the head of the Department of Geography of the Academy of Sciences of the KazSSR.
Zharkhan Aytaliev (1903-1970) – Geologist, Corresponding Member of the AS KazSSR, was the Head of the Sector of Geography of the AS KazSSR (1963-1966).
DIRECTORS OF THE INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHY MES KZ
(Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan)
Ganibek Tokmagambetov Askarovich (1932-1992) - Geographer and Glaciologist, Candidate of Geographical Sciences, was the Head of the Geography Sector from 1966 to 1983, then was the Director of the Institute of Geography (1983-1985).
Abay Tursunov Abdrakhmanovich (1933 y.b.) - Geographer-Hydrologist, Hydrological technician, Professor, Academician of the International Academy of Ecology and Nature Management (Moscow, Russia), academician of the International Academy of Information, was the Director in 1985-1986.
Naurzbay Mukitanov Kshibaevich (1941-1999 y.b.) - one of the renowned scientists in the field of theory and history of Geography. 1986 - 1987 and 1989-1994. He was the Director of the Institute of Geography AS of the KazSSR.
Nikolay Golikov Fedorovich - economic geographer, doctor of geographical sciences, professor. 1987-1988 - and about. Director of the Institute of Geography of the Academy of Sciences of the Kazakh SSR.
Igor Seversky Vasilyevich - born in 1936, avalanche Scientist, Glaciologist, Doctor of Geographical Sciences, Professor, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 1989-2001 Director of the Institute of Geography, since May 2001 - Honorary Director.
Akhmetkal Medeu Rakhmetullaevich - born 1950, Geographer-Geomorphologist, Specialist in the field of hazardous processes, Doctor of geographical sciences, Professor, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan from April 2001 to May 2020. Director of the Institute of Geography, from May 2020 to the present - Chairman of the Board of JSC "Institute of Geography and Water Security".