Nicolaos Caranicolas was born in
Komotini, Greece, on the 12th of April, 1948. He received his B.Sc. in Physics in 1971 as well as a B.Sc. in Mathematics in 1977, from the University of Thessaloniki. He completed his Ph.D. in 1982 and joined the faculty of the Department of Physics. His research interests were on Dynamical Astronomy. He retired as an Associate Professor in 2015.
Emeritus Professor of Electronics, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens, Greece. He was born in Patras, Greece, on the 5th of August, 1928. He received the B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece (1956), the M.Sc. in Radioelectrology from the same University (1956), the Certif. Electr. Orsay (1961), the 3me cycle from Saclay (1961), the Ph.D. from the University of Athens, Greece (1963) and the Doctorat d’ Etat, from the University of Paris (1964). He has served in various positions inside and out of the University. He has been Maitre de Research at the CNRS (France), Chief Assistant at the Laboratory of Electronics of the Physics Department of the University of Athens, Greece, Professor of Electronics at the Department of Physics, University of Athens (until 1989), Chairman of this Department for seven years (1982-1989), Director of the Section of Applied Physics and Director of the Electronics Laboratory of the same Department, Director of the Section of Telecommunications and Signal Processing of the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, Director of the Ionospheric ￼Institute (now Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing) of the National Observatory of Athens, Greece and President of the Advisory Committee for Research and Technology of the Government of Greece (1983). His scientific interests include the Solar Radioastronomy, the Ionosphere and the Antennas, the digital signal processing, digital telecommunications e.t.c.
Katsis Demetrios, (1911- 2001)
Astronomer, Educator (retired). He was born in Zarouchleika, Patras, Greece and received his B.Sc. in Mathematics (1934) and the Ph.D. in Astronomy (1955) from the University of Athens, Greece. He worked for 15 years as Assistant and Chief Assistant at the National Observatory of Athens, for 8 years as Chief Assistant at the Laboratory of Astronomy of the University of Athens and for 22 years as high school teacher in Athens. His scientific interests were around the Celestial Mechanics. He published many monographies on astronomical matters. He was a member of the IAU, of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.), of the Societe Astronomique de France and of the Hellenic Mathematical Society.
Dr. Menas C. Kafatos (born on 25 March 1945) is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University. He received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. After postdoctoral work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, he joined George Mason University and was University Professor of Interdisciplinary Sciences from 1984-2008, where he also served as Dean of the School of Computational Sciences and Director of the Center for Earth Observing and Space Research. He and a team of computational scientists joined Chapman University in fall, 2008. He is the Founding Dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University, serving as dean in 2009 – 2012. He directs the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations. He has nearly 40 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. He has published numerous books including The Conscious Universe, The Non-local Universe (with Robert Nadeau, Springer-Verlag and Oxford), Principles of Integrative Science (with Mihai Draganescu, Romanian Academy of Sciences Press), and more than 250 articles in computational science, astrophysics, Earth systems science, hazards and global climate change, regional impacts of climate change, environmental issues, general relativity, cosmology, foundations of quantum theory, and consciousness. Total publications: 275+ which include refereed journal articles, books, refereed book chapters, and refereed published proceedings. Total Citations: 2,200+ Highest Citation of single article: 500. He is recipient of the Rustum Roy Award from the Chopra Foundation, February 2011, which “honors individuals whose devotion and commitment to their passion for finding answers in their field is matched only by their commitment to humanity”; an honorary member of the Romanian Academy of Sciences; Member, Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), 2006-2008; Member, OCTANe Board, 2010 - present; Member, American Hellenic Council, 2011 – present; IEEE Orange County Chapter - Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award, October, 2011, etc. He has been interviewed numerous times by: U.S. national TV networks (ABC, KCBS, Voice of America), Korean and Greek TV networks (KBS1 in Korea; ERT, SKAI-Eco, in Greece; PIT in Cyprus; TV and radio stations in Crete, cretalive, tv CRETA, Krete tv), national and regional newspapers and radios in Korea, (Hankook), Greece (Kathimerini, Eleutherotypia, Ethnos, Patris), and the United States (National Herald, OC Register, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal, Korea Times).
Dr. Stella Kafka, is the Executive Director and CEO of the AAVSO* (American Association of Variable Star Observers), an international organization focusing on engaging professional and amateur astronomers in science. Within the auspices of the AAVSO, Dr Kafka is working towards enabling individuals from all backgrounds to actively participate in research projects, building a community of science-savvy citizens who work collectively to understand some of the most dynamic phenomena in the universe. Dr Kafka acquired her BSc in Physics from the University of Athens (Greece) and her MA/PhD in Astronomy from Indiana University (USA). Before her tenure at the AAVSO, Dr Kafka held positions at CTIO, Spitzer Science Center/Caltech, Carnegie Institution of Washington/DTM and AIP Publishing. Her research focuses on exploring the properties of semi-detached binary star systems.
High-school (IB) Maths Teacher, Psychico College, Athens. He was born in Athens, Greece, on the 24th of June, 1972. He received his B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of
Athens (1996), and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the
University of Wales, Cardiff, U.K. (2000). His scientific
interests include Star and Planet Formation, Numerical
Hydrodynamics, Instabilities in Accretion Discs, Galactic
Dynamics. He has published 12 papers in scientific refereed
journals and 24 papers in conference proceedings and
special volumes. He has been Research Assistant, Cardiff University, U.K. (1999), Research Associate, IAA-National Observatory of Athens (2002-2004), European Marie-Curie Fellow, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, Germany (2004-2008). He is a member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.).
Stergios Klimopoulos was born in 1946 and passed away in 2002, at the age of 56. He obtained his BSc in Mathematics from the Univ. of Athens in 1968 and his PhD from the Univ. of Patras in 1976. He worked as an assistant at the Univ. of Patras and at the time of his death was a Professor at the Dept. of Informatics at the TEI of Athens.