Professor Mouschovias received his bachelor degree in physics from Yale University in 1968, and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975. He joined the University of Illinois as an assistant professor of physics and astronomy in 1977.
The long-term goal of Professor Mouschovias research has been to decipher the role of cosmic magnetic fields in the formation of stars. He and his graduate students have made seminal contributions in the field, including the resolution of the angular momentum problem (through magnetic braking) and of the central role of ambipolar diffusion in the fragmentation of molecular clouds and star formation, including the determination of the protostellar "initial mass function". His research group made pioneering contributions to our understanding the role of interstellar dust in star formation, not only in determining the degree of ionization in evolving molecular clouds, but also in directly (through collisions) or indirectly (through induced electric fields) coupling the magnetic field to the predominantly neutral matter.
Michael D. Moutsoulas (1936-1995)
Professor of the Department of Geology, University of Athens, Greece (born 1936). He got his B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, U.K. He had worked as Researcher at the University of Manchester, Assistant Professor of Astronomy at the University of Athens, Greece (1972-1982), Director of the Space Center of the Civil Aviation of Greece, and as member of many scientific groups of COSPAR and NASA. He has been vice-director of the scientific journals “Astrophysics and Space Science” and “The Moon and the Planets”. He had published many papers on Celestial Mechanics and Telemetry.
Banos Cosmas: Researcher (retired), Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, National Observatory of Athens, Greece. He was born in Athens, Greece, on the 22nd of October, 1933. He received the B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece, and his Ph.D. from the same University. He was interested scientifically mainly on the Physics of the solar Planets. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
Banos George (1932-2014)
Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, University of Ioannina, Greece. He was born in Athens, Greece, on June 10, 1932 and passed away on October 28, 2014. He received the B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece in 1956 and his Ph.D. from the same University under the supervision of Prof. Kotsakis, in 1968. He had worked as Assistant and Chief Assistant at the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the National Observatory of Athens, from 1959 until 1974 when he became a Professor at the Dept. of Physics of the Univ. of Ioannina. He also served as Rector of the University of Ioannina from 1979-1980. His scientific interest were the area of Solar Physics.
Barbanis Vassilios, (1926-2006)
Professor (Emeritus), Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He was born in Athens, Greece, on the 26th of October, 1926. He received the B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece (1953) and the Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Thessaloniki (1953). He worked at the Department of Physics at the same University and reached the position of the Docent (1968). He has been elected as Professor of Astronomy of the University of Patras, Greece (1969-1979) and, finally, he was elected as Professor of Astronomy at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. For one year (1955-56) he has worked as Research Associate at the Department of Astronomy of the Columbia University of N.Y., U.S.A. His scientific interests included the Dynamics of Stellar systems, stellar paths in galactic models and the chaotic behaviour of dynamical systems with two and three degrees of freedom. He had published many papers in refereed scientific journals and proceedings of international meetings as well as 6 textbooks and one scientific book.
Researcher (retired). He was born in Poland on the 8th of September, 1952. obtained his BSc in Physics in 1976, his MSc in Astrophysics in 1978 and his PhD in 1990 from the Sofia University (Bulgaria). From 1975 to 1978, he worked as an Astronomer in the Public Observatory at Kardjaly (Bulgaria) and from 1989 to 1994 to National Observatory of Athens. From 1994 to 2006, he worked as science support staff at the former Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the National Observatory of Athens. In 2006, he was promoted to Associate Researcher and since 2009 he works as Senior Researcher at the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens. He retired in 2019. His research interests are in artificial intelligence methods development and application for data processing and analysis (in astrophysics, engineering and medicine), classification and parameterization of galaxy spectra, galaxies evolutionary spectra modeling, galactic and extra-galaxy stellar systems content, observational spectrophotometry and photometry of symbiotic and symbiotic-like stars.
Emeritus Professor, Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He was born in Drama, Greece, on the 20th of June, 1935. He received the B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece (1957), the M.Sc. in Celestial Mechanics from the Yale University, U.S.A. (1964) and the Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1966). He worked as Chief Assistant, Docent and Assistant Professor (1973) at this University before he was elected there as Professor of Theoretical Mechanics (1982). His scientific interests include the General and the restricted three-body problem, the inverse problem of Dynamics and the Integrability questions. He has published more than 70 scientific papers in refereed journals and 10 papers in conference proceedings and special volumes / books. He has also published four textbooks (“Spherical Astronomy”, “General Mathematics”, “Differential Equations and Applications” and “Problems of Theoretical Mechanics”) and co-authored another 4 textbooks (“Introduction to Continuum Mechanics”, “Problems of Differential Equations”, “Exercises in Astronomy” and “Elements of Spherical Astronomy and Celestial Mechanics”).