Andre Geim was born to a family with German heritage.
Andre Geim was born on October 21, 1958, in Sochi, Krasnodar, Russian Federation in a family of engineers of German parentage (the only exclusion known to Geim was his maternal great-great-grandmother, who was Jewish). Geim considers himself as a European and does not require more detail "taxonomy." In 1964, his family moved to Nalchik.
Father, Konstantin Geim (1910-1998), held the chief engineer’s position of Nalchik Electrovacuum Plant since 1964; mother, Nina Beier (born in 1927), worked at the same plant as Chief technologist. Mother’s paternal half-brother was the well-known theoretical physicist Vladimir Beier, son of Nikolay Beier, who was Andre Geim’s grandfather.