Radim Gavrilovich Garetsky (b. 07.12.1928, Minsk), a scientist in the field of geology, geotectonics. Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (1977; corresponding member since 1972), foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1994), Doctor of Geologo-Mineralogical Sciences (1969), professor (1980). Honored Scientist of the BSSR (1978).
Scientific works are devoted to tectonics and geodynamics of platforms, including the territory of the West East European Craton and Belarus. Studies questions of stratigraphy, lithology, paleogeography, geophysics, and geology of oil, gas, and other mineral deposits. The most fully described and given the classification of a kind of geological bodies - clastic dikes. He made a significant contribution to the tectonic analysis of sediment thickness. He developed the theory of tectonics of platforms: problems of inheritance and overlapping of structures, formations, types and classifications of structures, faults, stages of development, uncompensated subsidence, deep structure (Moho surface, thickness of the lithosphere, asthenosphere, crustal density). Considered the features of the structure and development of continental paleorifts, in particular, using the example of the Pripyat Trough, he proved the lyristic nature of the faults that form it. He participated in the compilation of many tectonic maps as the chief editor (Tectonic Map of Belarus, 1976, 2002; International Tectonic Map of the South-Western Region of the East European Platform, 1986) or co-author (Tectonic Map of Eurasia, International Tectonic Map of Europe, Geodynamic Map of Belarus). Developed a new principle of tectonic zoning of platform areas for the main stage of formation of structures.
Author of 515 scientific papers and more than 300 popular science publications, incl. 46 monographs, 41 geological maps, 5 inventions.
State Prize of the USSR in 1969 for the Tectonic Map of Eurasia and the monograph "Tectonics of Eurasia" (Moscow, 1966, in collaboration). State Prize of the BSSR in 1978 for the development of the Tectonic Map of Belarus and the monograph "Tectonics of Belarus" (Minsk, 1976, in collaboration). Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences named after Academician N.S. Shatsky in 1986. Prize of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences named after Academician V.A. Koptyug in 2004 for the cycle of joint work "Upper Proterozoic and Paleozoic complexes of Belarus and Siberia: geology, oil and gas, problems of hydrocarbon resources development" (in collaboration.).
Awarded with the Order of the Red Banner of Labor (1982), medals.