Awarded for his researches on the implementation of new methods of surveying, prospecting and exploiting of hydrocarbon-bearing deposits.
Chief researcher, Laboratory of Theoretical Bases of Oil and Gas Potential of the Forecast of IPGG SB RAS
Alexey Kontorovich was born on January 28, 1934 in Kharkov, Ukraine.
In 1956 he graduated from Tomsk State University.
In 1969 he received the degree of doctor of geological and mineralogical sciences and in 1971 became a professor. Since 1956 and during a year he was employed as an Assistant in Tomsk State University. From 1958 to 1989 he was working as an Engineer, Senior Research Officer, Head of the Laboratory, Head of the Department in Siberian Research Institute of Geology, Geophysics and Mineral Resources (SNIIGG&MS) at the Ministry of Geology of the USSR. Since 1987 and during two years Alexey Kontorovich has been a Deputy General Director of Scientific-Production Centre «SibGeo» and Deputy Director of Science of SNIIGG&MS. Since 1989 he was working as the Deputy Director of the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the United Institute of Geology, Geophysics & Mineralogy, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Science (OIGGM SO RAN), Deputy General Director (OIGGM SO RAN). In 1991 he was the Member of the Academy of Science of the USSR, this year also gained the membership in Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1997 he became a research manager of the Institute of Geology, Oil and Gas of OIGGM SO RAN. Since 2007 has been holding the position of research advisor at Institute of oil geology and geophysics named after A. Trofimuk. Since 2008 till present the scientist has been leading Kemerovo research center of the Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Science (in 2015 the center was modified into Federal scientific center for oil and coal chemistry. Since 1987 the scientist is the head of oil and gas geology department at Novosibirsk State University.
Alexey Kontorovich is developing a theory of oil and gas generation, new methods of quantitative assessment of the structure of energy resources and assesses the potential of major oil and gas basins of Eurasia, he is one of the leading experts who took part in discovery of oil and gas deposits in West Siberia and Leno-Tungussk area. He is one of the leading developers of the «Siberian Economic Development Strategy», «Russia’s Energy Strategy to 2020».
Alexey Kontorovich is an Honored Geologist of the RSFSR and Laureate of the RF State Prize, Cavalier of the Order of the Labor Red Banner, Order for Service to the Motherland of II, III and IV grade, Order of Honour and medals.
In 2009 he was awarded with the Global Energy Prize for his researches on the implementation of new methods of surveying, prospecting and exploiting of hydrocarbon-bearing deposits. Counts himself to be the follower of academician A. Trofimuk ideas.