George Adamopoulos was born in 1899 at the village of Kranidi in Peloponnese and passed away in 1977 in Athens. He obtained his BSc in Physics as well as his PhD from the University of Athens. His thesis, entitled "The Moon and the weather", was completed under the supervision of Prof. Plakidis in 1945. His whole research career was at the National Observatory of Athens where he was responsible for the operation of the equatorial telescope. He performed a wealth of observations of variable stars, comets, and planets of our solar system.
Astronomer (retired) at the Laboratoire d Astrophysique de Marseille, in France. She was born in Athens, rceived her B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens, her Ph.D. from the University of Thessaloniki (1974) and her These d Etat from the Universite de Franche Comte (1978). She worked at the Democritos Nuclear Research Center (1971 - 1974), Besancon Observatory (1976, 1978 - 1983), ESO (1977) and since 1983 at the Marseille Observatory. Her research interests include dynamics, formation and evolution of galaxies and N-body simulations. She has made seminal contributions in her research field and was awarded the Fotinos Prize of the Academy of Athens in 2005, the Brouwer Award in 2011. She became Fellow of the American Astronomical Society in 2020.
Demetrios Eginitis (22 July 1862 - 13 March 1934)
Demetrios Eginitis was born in Athens and graduated from the famous Varvakeio School of Athens in 1879. In the same year, he began his studies in the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics in the Philosophical School at the University of Athens. He graduated in 1886 with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in mathematics (Stefanides, 1948). The Athens University’s Council for post-doctoral studies awarded him a scholarship so that he could take astronomy and mathematics classes at the Sorbonne in Paris. The following year, on 1 November 1887, he was accepted as an apprentice astronomer (élève astronome) at the meteorological observatory of Montsouris and, somewhat later, at the Paris Observatory, where he finally became a staff astronomer, in 1889.
When in France, Eginitis also worked at the Laboratory for Stellar Spectra in Salet, at the Physics Laboratory of Cornu, at the meteorological centre of Parc Saint Maur and at the Meudon Observatory. In addition, he worked outside Paris for a while, at the Observatory of Nice, and even outside of France, in Lockyer’s astronomical laboratory in England.
At the Paris Observatory, Eginitis worked diligently for two years with the meridian circle carrying out regular equatorial observations (i.e. measurements of the culmination of stars for mapping of the northern skies and determinations of the proper motion). He also observed asteroids and variable stars with the meridian telescope located in the western dome.
Eginitis became known for his classic treatise Sur la Stabilité du Système Solaire (On the Stability of the Solar System), in which he studied the secular variations (anomalies) of the semi-major axes of the planetary orbits. He submitted this in 1889 to the Paris Academy, where it was presented by Rear-Admiral Mouchez (the Director of Paris Observatory). In the same year, his treatise on celestial mechanics was published in the Annales de l’Observatoire de Paris, where for the first time Eginitis is referred to as a staff astronomer (astronome); this was an important career step for such a young man.
High School Professor of Physics. He was born in Athens, Greece on the 1st of July, 1950. He obtained the B.Sc. in Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1976) and the Ph.D. in Space Physics from the University of Athens, Greece (2003). His scientific interest is in Space Physics and he has published about 15 papers in scientific Journals and proceedings.
Professor of Astrophysics Emeritus, Department of Physics, University of Ioannina. He was born in Athens, Greece, on the 27th of August, 1948. He received the B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece (1971) and the Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Maryland, U.S.A. (1977). He worked as senior assistant, Univ. of Athens (1978-1982), as a Lecturer (1982-1986) and Assistant Professor (1986 -1994) at the Department of Physics of the University of Athens, Greece, before elected to his present position. He has served as Director, Section of AstroGeophysics, Univ. of Ioannina (1997-1999) and as Director, Laboratory of Astrophysics, University of Ioannina (1995-1999 and 2005- 2007). His scientific interests are in Solar Physics, Solar magnetic fields and Radio Astronomy and Plasma Physics. He has served as Member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece (1991-2009) and he has been twice elected Member of the European Parliament (1999-2005) and in 2007 he has been elected and serves as a Member of the Greek Parliament. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), of the American Astronomical Society and its Solar Physics Division, the Société Française d’ Astronomie et d’ Astrophysique (SFSA) and the Hellenic Union of Physicists. He has served as a Board Member of the Solar Physics Section of the European Physical Society (1994-1999), of the Community of European Solar Radio Astronomers (1996-1999), as a Member of the Greek National Committee for Astronomy (1994-1999), as the National representative of Greece at the board of the Joint Organization for Solar Observations (JOSO, 1995-1999). He is married to Georgia Ladogianni and he has a son.
Professor at the Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, Polytechnic School, Demokritos
University of Thrace, (since 1999) and Priest in the
Orthodox Church of Greece (Metropolis of Xanthi). He was
born in Athens, Greece, on the 14th of May, 1954. He
obtained the B.Sc. degree in Physics (University of Athens,
1977), a degree in Theology (University of Thessaloniki,
1993) and a Ph.D. in Space Physics (Demokritos University
of Thrace, 1985). His scientific interests include Space
Physics, and Philosophy of Sciences and Environment. He
has published more than 40 papers in refereed scientific journals, more than 20 papers in conference proceedings and he has made more than 160 presentations, most of them included in conferense abstrack books. For scientific collaboration, he has visited Imperial College, Johns Hopkins University, Russian Academy and other institutions. He has been named as “Distinguished Ulysses Scientist” (NASA JPL report 400-1133 01/04 “The people behind the Mission”). In 2004, he has been approved as a guest investigator in DEMETER mission (Detection of ElectroMagnetic Emissions Transmitted from Earthquake Regions) and since then he combined space research with earthquake prediction research (Van Allen belt electron precipitation preceding earthquakes). He is a member of the American Geophysical Society (A.G.U.), of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.), of the Union of Greek Physicists and of the Hellenic Union of Theologians.
Anastasios Anastasiadis obtained his BSc in Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1986 and his PhD in Astrophysics from the same University in 1994.
He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institut fur Extraterrestrische Physik (MPE) in Germany (1991-1992) and worked as a Research Assistant at the Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1995-1998). He joined the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) in September 1998 as an Associate Researcher. In January 2002 he was promoted to Senior Researcher. He is currently Research Director, at the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications & Remote Sensing (IAASARS) of the National Observatory of Athens (since December 2007) and member of the Space Research & Technology Group