Armenian National Academy of Sciences

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Armenian Academy of Sciences
Armenian National Academy of Sciences (main building) 12.jpg
Building of the Armenian Academy of Sciences in Yerevan
Established 29 November 1943
Admin. staff 3,700
Location Yerevan, Armenia

The National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (NAS RA) (Armenian: Հայաստանի Հանրապետության գիտությունների ազգային ակադեմիա, ՀՀ ԳԱԱ) is the primary body that conducts research in and coordinates activities in the fields of science and social sciences in the Republic of Armenia. It was founded on 29 November 1943. The Academy of Sciences central location is in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan, although other branches exist in Gyumri, Sevan, Goris, Vanadzor and Kapan. The Byurakan Observatory operates as a branch of the academy.

The Academy of Sciences was founded by several Armenian intellectuals, including Joseph Orbeli, Stepan Malkhasyants, Ivan Gevorkian and Victor Ambartsumian; Orbeli became the first president of the academy. Ambartsumian served as its president for over 45 years, from 1947 to 1993. He was succeeded by Fadey Sargsyan (1993–2006). The current president of the academy is Radik Martirosyan.

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Coordinates: 40°11′30″N 44°30′31″E / 40.19167°N 44.50861°E / 40.19167; 44.50861