Vasiliki Pavlidou obtained her BSc in Physics at the University of Thessaloniki in 1999 and her PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA) in 2005. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Cosmological Physics of the University of Chicago (2005-2008) and an Einstein fellow at Caltech (2008-2011). During the 2011-2012 year she was a visiting scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Radioastronomy. She was elected as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics in 2010 and she joined the Department in the fall of 2012. She was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2018.
Emeritus Professor of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He was born in Athens, Greece on the 17th of March, 1940. He received the B.Sc. in Mechanical – Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1964) and the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, U.S.A. (1970). He has been Research Associate at the Universities of Texas and Cambridge. Scientifically he is mainly interested in the General theory of Relativity and he has published many papers on this subject. He has a rich editorial work and has published various textbooks. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), of the American Physical Society, of the I.S.G.R.G, of the T.E.E. and a founding member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.).
Petropoulos Vassilios, (1938-2008)
Senior Researcher Research Center for Astron. and Applied Mathematics, Academy of Athens, Greece. He was born in Athens, Greece and received the B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Bordeaux, France (1961) and the M.Sc. (1968) and the Doctorat d’ Etat (1974) both from the University of Paris VI, France. He has worked as Researcher at C.N.R.S. of France (1961-74) and associated scientist at the School of Physics and Mathematics of the University of Patras, Greece (1974-75). His scientific interests included atomic and molecular Physics, Solar and Planetary ￼Physics, Cosmic Radiation and Solar- Terrestrial Relations.
Associate Professor (retired) at the Department of Physics, University of Athens, Greece (since 1986). He was born in Symi, Dodecanisos, Greece in 1945. He received a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece (1970), an M.Sc. in Meteorology (1980) and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics (1981) from the same Department. He worked as a high school teacher of Physics (1971-1973) and in 1973 he joined to the staff of the Department of Physics of University of Athens. His scientific interests include theoretical Astrophysics, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, non-linear Dynamical Systems and Chaos, and History of Astronomy and Mathematics. He has published about 50 scientific papers in international and Greek journals as well as 4 textbooks. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the Union of Greek Physics and a founding member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.).
Dr John M. Polygiannakis died on the 10th June 2004, at the age of 37. He was brilliant devoted, industrious and diligent researcher whose interests ranged, from Cosmic Rays and Plasma Physics to Solar Astronomy and Space Physics to Non-linear systems, Chaos, Self Organized Critical Systems and Geophysics and Seismology.
The only position he ever occupied in the Academia was his brief service as a University of Athens functionary; a post which he resigned in order to dedicate his full energy to research. This, in addition to his scientific contributions, marks him as a unique personality, an idealist, focused on the pursuit of scientific knowledge rather than the pursuit of position, rank or funded project.