Galichian was born in Tabriz, Iran, to a family
of immigrant Armenians who had fled Van in 1915 and arrived
in Iran via Armenia, Georgia and France. After attending
school in Tehran he received a scholarship to study in
the UK and graduated from the University of Aston, Birmingham,
in engineering. His interest in geography and cartography
started early in life but he began seriously studying
this subject in 1970s. In 1981 he moved to London with
his family, which gave him had access to a huge variety
of cartographic materials.
His books include
“Historic Maps of Armenia. The Cartographic
Heritage” (I. B. Tauris, London, 2004) and
“Countries South of the Caucasus. Armenia, Georgia
and Azerbaijan” (Gomidas Institute - London
and Printinfo Art Books – Yerevan, 2007). His articles
have appeared in the cartographic magazines such as “Imago
Mundi” and “The IMCoS Journal”, as well
as various other periodicals and magazines. He has appeared
with lectures in many countries such as Armenia, UK, France,
USA and Iran.
In November 2008
Rouben Galichian was awarded Honorary Doctorate by the
National Academy of Sciences of the Republic or Armenia.