The Tish Professor in Physical Sciences,
Department of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca,
N.Y., U.S.A. (since 1999) and Director, NASA New York
State Space Grant, Cornell University (since 1996). Prof Terzian was born in Alexandria, Egypt from an Armenian father and a greek mother in 1939 and he passed away in Ithaca NY on November 25, 2019. Yervant Terzian
received the B.Sc. in Physics Mathematics from the
American University in Cairo (1960), the M.Sc. in
Astronomy (1963) and the Ph.D. in Astronomy (1965)
from the Indiana University, as well as four Honorary
D.Sc. from the Indiana University (1989), the Yerevan
State University, Armenia (1994), the University of
Thessaloniki, Greece (1997) and the Union College,
New York (1999). He has been Research Associate,
Arecibo Observatory (Puerto Rico), Cornell University (1965-1967), Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University (1967-1972), Assistant Director, Center for Radiophysics and Space Research, Cornell University (1968-1974), Associate Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University (1972-1977), Visiting Professor of Astronomy, University of Montreal, Canada (1973-1974), and University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1974 Feb-July), Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University (1977), Chairman, Department of Astronomy, Cornell University (1979-1999), Acting Director, Center for Radiophysics and Space Research, Cornell University (1979-80, 1992-93), Prof. Graduate Field of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (1986), Field of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University (since 1991), Director, Pew Undergraduate Science Education Program, New York State Cluster of Colleges and Universities (1988-1999), James A. Weeks Professor of Physical Sciences, Cornell University (1990-1999) and Visiting Professor, University of California, San Diego (1999-2000), Member, Committee on Radio Astronomy, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, (1969-1976). He has served as Chairman or member in various committees and councils of the University of Cornell. Also, he has been Vice-Chairman, New York Astronomical Corporation (1969-1978), Member, Radio Astronomy Advisory Committee, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1973-1993), Member, Committee on Radio Frequencies, U. S. National Academy of Sciences (1974-1976), Vice President, New York Astronomical Society (1974-1978), Harlow Shapley Lecturer for the American Astronomical Society (1974- ), Chairman, International Astronomical Union, Working Group on Astronomy From the Moon (1993-1999), Associate Editor/Scientific Editor, The Astrophysical Journal (1989 - 1998) and member of Chairman to numerous other scientific Boards or Advisory Committees. He has been awarded with the Clark Distinguished Teaching Award, Cornell University (1984), the Dicran H. Kabakjian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science, North American (1985) the Distinguished Alumni Award, American University in Cairo (2005). He has been Honored at the Wall of Inspiration, Ithaca Science Center (2002) and with the Establishment of ‘The Yervant Terzian Cornell University Endowed Scholarships’ (1999). He has been Chairman, Committee on Astronomy in Greece for the 21st Century (1998), and Chairman, US Square Kilometer Array Consortium (2002- ). Distinguished Alumni Award, American University in Cairo (2005), Chairman, Ministry of Development Evaluation of Greek Research Institutes, Athens (2005). He is a member of the IAU, the International Scientific Radio Union; Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society; Astronomical Society of New York; Historical Astronomy Division, A.A.S.; Society for Scientific Exploration; Hel.A.S., Armenian Astronomical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published more than 230 scientific papers in refereed journals in conference proceedings and special volumes / books. He has also published six books on the Interstellar Ionized Hydrogen, on the Planetary Nebulae, on Flare Stars, on Cosmology and Astrophysics, on Active Galactic Nuclei And Related Phenomena and on Carl Sagans Universe.
A short biographical documentary on Prof. Terzian is available at https://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/14723
Research Scientist, Australia Telescope, National Facility. He was born in Kerastari, Tripolis, Greece on the 1st of May, 1952 and he migrated to Australia in 1970. He received his B.Sc. (Honors in Physics) from the University of Sydney, Australia (1976), the B.E. (Honors in Electrical Engineering - 1978) and the Ph.D. (1987) from the same University. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Jodrell Bank, U.K (1987- 90), and has been a staff member at the Australia Telescope National Facility since 1990. He is a member of the Astronomical Society of Australia, the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.), the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the Union of Radio Science International (URSI) and COSPAR. He is involved in international radio spectrum management and he is chairman of Working Party 7D (WP7D) at the International Radiocommunications Union (ITU), chairman of the IAU Working group on RFI Mitigation, vice-chair of the scientific committee on frequency allocations for radio astronomy and space science (IUCAF) and chair of the Radio Astronomy Committee for Frequency Allocation in the Asia Pacific (RAFCAP). His main research interests are in high resolution radio astronomy using Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) techniques to study objects such as Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) to X-ray Binaries. He is also involved in technical developments for real-time VLBI (e-VLBI) using very fast networks world-wide.
Director of Research (Retired) and Research Associate of in the Research Center for Astronomy and Applied Mathematics (RCAAM), Academy of Athens, Greece (since 1990). He was born in Sparta, Greece on the 4th of November, 1944. He obtained the B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece (1969), the M.Sc. in Meteorology (1972) and the Ph.D. in Solar Physics (1974) from the same University. He has been a Cadet Researcher at the National Research Foundation (1971-1972), Assistant Researcher (1972-1976) and Instructor of Research at the RCAAM of the Academy of Athens (1976-1990). In 1985 he was Docent of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has spent one year as a visiting researcher in the Max Planck Institute in Munich/Germany, one year in the Space Research Laboratory Utrecht/ The Netherlands and several other laboratories for shorter periods. He was a tutor for five years in the Military School of Air Forces in both flying and engineering department, teaching space physics and space technology. His scientific interests include solar physics, near interplanetary physics and solar-terrestrial relations. He has published about 55 scientific papers in refereed journals and about 45 papers in conference proceedings and special volumes / books. He has also published a textbook on Space Physics and Technology for the cadets of the Air Force Academy of Greece. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), American Geophysical Union (AGU), Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.), Hellenic Astronautical Union (HAU), Hellenic Physical Union, Scientific Program Committee (SPC) of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the High Level Working Group (HLWG) of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) (since 2005).