Academician, Prof. Dr. Starostenko Vitaly, Ukraine
V.I. Starostenko was born on the 13th of April 1935 in Kiev to a family of employees;
1958 - graduated from Kiev State University named after T.G. Shevchenko by speciality «geophysical methods of the search and exploration of mineral deposits»;
1958 - 1961 - engineer of Kiev geophysical expedition of the trust "Ukrgeophysrazvedka";
1961 - 1964 - postgraduate of the Institute of Geophysics Ac. Sci. Ukr. SSR, Scientific Supervisor Doctor Geol.- Min. Sci. I.A. Balabushevich;
1964 - Subordinate Research Worker;
1966 - Candidate of Technical Sciences. Theses "Determination of gravity potential and its derivatives by the measured elements of gravity field having regard to the use of electron calculating mashines" was defended at Dnepropetrovsky Mining Institute named after Artem;
1968 - Supervising Research Worker of the Department of Theory, Interpretation and Generalization of Geophysical Data;
1968 - Supervising Research Worker of the Department of Deep-Seated Processes of the Earth and gravimetry of the Institute of Geophysics Ac. Sci. Ukr. SSR;
1971 - was given a scientific title «Supervising Research Worker»;
1975 - Deputy Director of the Institute of Geophysics Ac. Sci. Ukr. SSR on science;
1976 - Chief of the Department of Deep-Seated Processes of the Earth and gravimetry;
1977 - Doctor of Physical- Mathematical Sciences. Doctor Theses "Problems of theory and procedures of interpretation of gravimetric observations by stabile numerical methods" were defended at Moskow State University;
1978 - 1988 - Deputy Academician-Secretary of the Division of the Earth Sciences of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;
1984 - was given a scientific title "Professor";
1985 - elected Corresponding Member of Ac. Sci. Ukr. SSR;
1988 - Academician-Secretary of the Division of the Earth Sciences of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the Member of Presidium of Ac. Sci. of Ukraine;
1990 - Academician of Ac. Sci. of Ukraine;
1991 - up to present - Director of the Institute of Geophysics named after S.I. Subbotin NAS Ukraine.
In 1973 he was awarded a Gold Medal of Exhibition of Achievements in National Economy of the USSR (in a team of the Staff Members of the Ministry of Geology of the Ukrainian SSR) for automated system of processing and interpretation of gravity and magnetic data.
He was awarded an Order "Symbol of Honour" in 1981, Honourable Diploma of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR in 1985.
Since 1997 he has been Honoured Science Worker of Ukraine in the field of science and technique.