Alexander Gorodnitsky is widely known in our country and abroad as a poet, songwriter and writer. He, along with Bulat Okudzhava, Alexander Galich and Vladimir Vysotsky, is considered the founder of the genre of the author's song that arose at the turn of the 60s of last century. More than one generation of Russian youth has grown on his songs. He was born in Leningrad on 20.03.1933. He survived the blockade. In 1957 he graduated from the geophysical faculty of the Leningrad Mining Institute.
In the years 1957-1972. worked in the Scientific Research Institute of Geology of the Arctic. Since 1972 he works at the Institute of Oceanology. P. P. Shirshov of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Since 1962, he participated in oceanological expeditions to various regions of the World Ocean on the ships of the Russian Academy of Sciences and military hydrography. Many times I sank to the bottom in underwater inhabited vehicles. Was at the North Pole and in Antarctica. Gorodnitsky is a well-known Russian scientist, Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences (1982), Professor (1991), Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (1992), Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation (2005), Chief Researcher of the Institute of Oceanology. P. P. Shirshov of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Author of more than 250 scientific papers on geophysics and tectonics of the ocean floor.
Poet Alexander Gorodnitsky is the author of more than 50 books of poems, songs and memoir prose and several dozen albums with author's songs. He is a member of the Writers' Union of Russia (1972) and the International Pen Club (1998), Honored Artist. Laureate of the Tsarskoye Selo Arts Award (1998, 2012) and the national public award "Gratitude" (2005). The first laureate of the State Award named after Bulat Okudzhava (1999). Verses and songs of Alexander Gorodnitsky translated into the languages of many peoples of the world, are included in school programs. His work is devoted to numerous articles, candidate and doctoral dissertations. The name of Alexander Gorodnitsky is the small planet of the Solar System and the mountain pass in the Sayans.