was an outstanding Georgian
historian and public benefactor, co-founder of the Tbilisi
State University, one of founders of the
modern scientific school of history of Georgia
and the Caucasus, Academician
(Full Member) of the Academy of Sciences of former
Soviet Union, Doctor of Historical Sciences,
Javakhishvili was born in Tbilisi.
His father, Prince Alexandre Javakhishvili was a
teacher of the Gymnasium. In 1895 Javakhishvili
graduated from the 1st Classical Gymnasium of
Tbilisi. In 1899 he graduated from the Faculty of
Oriental Studies of the Petersburg University
(Russia). In 1899-1901 he
was Post-Graduate Student of this University.
In 1901 - 1902 he was Visiting Scientist of the Berlin
University (Germany). In
1902 with Academician Niko
Marr Javakhishvili visited the old
Archives of Sinai.
In 1902 - 1917 Javakhishvili was Associate
Professor of the Department of the Georgian and
Armenian Linguistics of the Faculty of Oriental
Studies of the Petersburg University. In 1907 he
received Magister degree in History.
In 1907 - 1917 he was head of the scientific
circle of Georgian Students of the Petersburg
University. In 1918 Javakhishvili received scientific
title of Professor.
In 1918 he co-founded the Tbilisi State
University (TSU). In 1919 - 1926 - Rector of
this University (First Rector was Professor Petre Melikishvili).
In 1918 - 1938 he headed the Department of History of
Georgia of TSU. In 1936 - 1940 Javakhishvili headed
the Department of History of the State Museum
In 1935 he received Dr.Sci. degree in the field of
History. In 1939 was elected Academician (Full
Member) of the Academy of Sciences of Soviet Union.
Main fields of scientific activity of Ivane
Javakhishvili were: history of Georgia and the
Caucasus, source studies and historiography of the
history of Georgia and the Caucasus, history of
Georgian economics and Georgian Law, ethnology of the
Caucasus, ethnography of Georgia, study of the
Caucasian languages. He was author of more than 170
scientific-research works (about 20 monographs).
Javakhishvili died on November 18, 1940, in
Tbilisi. He is buried in the garden of the Tbilisi