Professor (retired), Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Kavala, Greece. He was born in Kavala on the 2nd of February, 1945. He obtained his B.Sc. in Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1968), an M.Sc. in Meteorology from the University of Athens, Greece (1972) and a second M.Sc. in Radioelectrology from the University of Thessaloniki (1974). He received the Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the same University. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), of the IEEE and of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.).
Professor Emeritus of Space Physics at the University of
Athens (since 1996). He was born in Athens, Greece, on
the 6th of March, 1947. He obtained his B.Sc. in Physics
from the University of Athens (1971) and his Ph.D. in
Cosmic Rays and Space Physics from the same
University in 1977. He worked for four years as scientific
collaborator at the University of Athens (1971-1974), as a
Research Fellow (1974-1975) and as Research Assistant
(1975-1977) at the Imperial College, U.K., as Assistant
(1978), Chief Assistant (1979), Lecturer (1982) and
Assistant Professor of Space Physics (1986) at the
Department of Physics of the University of Athens,
Greece. He joined for three months each year as visiting
Research Fellow the Imperial College (1978-1995), and the University of Mexico as Visiting professor for 3 monthly periods. He has been elected Director of the Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, Department of Physics of the University of Athens (2004), Director of the Laboratory of Astrophysics (two periods of two years), Member of the senate of the University of Athens (one year), deputy Chairman of the Department of Physics (two years), head of the Space Physics Group, head of the career’s office of the Department of Physics. He has been awarded with the American Geophysical Union "Excellence in refereeing" in Space Physics, Geophysical Research Letters, 2001. His scientific interests include Space physics (STEREO mission -NASA, Ulysses mission, the heliosphere in 3 D, Cosmic ray modulation and the heliosphere, co-investigator WAVES experiments on-board both spacecraft of the STEREO NASA mission and team member of WIND/waves experiment, NASA), Magnetospheric studies (Mars ionosphere and magnetosphere), Solar physics (ARTEMIS IV Digital Radio Spectrograph, 7 m diameter, at Thermopylae, Greece, a French-Greek collaboration, Non-linear RLC model of the solar cycle), Stellar winds/astrophysical flows, Plasma Physics, Space physics, History of Astronomy. He has been reviewer of the European Science Foundation. He was among the scientists who constructed and operate the Franco-Hellenic solar radio spectrograph ARTEMIS (at Thermopylae), which observes the Sun in radio frequencies ranging from 20 to 650 MHz, receiving 110 spectra every second. His scientific group participates in several experiments on board various spacecrafts (Ulysses, Wind, STEREO I & II). He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), of the American Geophysical Union, of the Hellenic Physical Society and a founding member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.). He has been member of the Administrative Council of Hel.A.S. and editor of the magazine of this Society (Hipparchos). He has published more than 58 articles in international journals, several chapters or articles in books, several book reviews and a large number of articles in popular science magazines (in Greek). He has great interest to outreach and science popularization. He studies the oldest known astronomical instrument, that has Hipparchos mathematical signature, the Antikythera Mechanism, an analogue computer of the 2nd century BC, with marvellous functions that predicts eclipses and Lunar motions with a good approximation of Keplers 2nd law. He has created many exhibitions and has delivered many public lectures concerning this device in several countries (in Museums, Planetaria, UNESCO and The Library of Alexandria). Main Textbooks: 1) Space Physics, Greek Open University, Patras, 2003, 2) Notes for the students: Space physics (with one co-author), 3) Introduction to Astrophysics (six co-authors), 4) Laboratory Exercises in Astrophysics (10 co- authors), University of Athens.
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.
Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, University of Athens, Greece. He
was born in Arfara Messinias, Greece. He received the
B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Athens, the
M.Sc. and the Ph.D. in Astronomy, both from the Victoria
University of Manchester, U.K. He has worked at the
University of Athens, as Assistant and Chief Assistant of
the Laboratory of Astronomy. In 1982 he became
Lecturer, in 1986 Assistant Professor and Associate
Professor (1995-2008) at the Department of Physics of
the same University. His scientific interests are centred to
the Observational Astrophysics and especially to the
observations and the theoretical studies of the Close
Binary Stars (Eclipsing binaries, Degenerate Binary
systems, Symbiotic binaries) and Pulsating stars. He has published more than 100 scientific papers on these subjects in international refereed journals and Bulletins of Variable star Observations. Also, he has presented more than 140 papers in international and Greek conferences. He has authored or co-authored textbooks and laboratory manuals and edited the proceedings of two international symposia on Binary Stars. He is the Co-editor of the Bulletin on Bibliography of Close Binary Stars, Commission 42 of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), member of the Organizing Committee of Commission 42 of the IAU (2006-2012) and referee to scientific journals and to scientific programs submitted in Greece and Czech Republic. He has served as Vice-Chairman of the Department of Physics, University of Athens, as Head of the Department of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics of the same University, and Director of the Laboratory of Astronomy of the same Department. Currently, he is the Head of the Department of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics and Director of the Gerostathopouleio Observatory of the University of Athens. He is a member of the IAU, Associate member of GAIA (ESA) working groups on photometry, radial velocities and double and multiple star systems, Member of the European Network of Excellence in Astroseismology and a founding member and Treasurer (1998-2002) of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.).
Basilis Xanthopoulos was a greek theoretical physicist, who made several fundamental contributions in General Relativity and Gravitational Physics until his premature death on November 27, 1990.
He was born in Drama, Greece, on April 8, 1951 and studied Mathematics at the University of Thessaloniki. He continued his graduate studies at the University of Chicago (USA) where, in 1978, he obtained his PhD under the supervision of Robert Geroch. He taught and worked as a researcher at Montana State University and at the University of Syracuse (USA) and he was a visitor at Harvard University as well as at the Max Planck Institute of Astrphysics in Germany. He returned to Greece as Chief Assistant at the University of Thessaloniki (1979-1982) before joining the Department of Physics of the University of Crete as an Assistant Professor (1982-1983), Associate Professor (1983-1987), and Professor (1987-1990). He served as the Chairman of the Department of Physics from 1987 until the time of his death. A dedicated page on the life and work of Basilis Xanthopoulos is available in Greek at: https://xanthopoulos.physics.uoc.gr
Basilis was one of the closest collaborators of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (Nobel Prize in Physics 1983). They published together many important papers on black holes, colliding gravitational waves, space time perturbations, and other topics in General Relativity.
Assistant Professor (retired), University of Athens, Greece. He was born in Athens on the 25th of March, 1945. He received the B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Athens (1969) and the Ph.D. from the same University in 1977. His scientific interests are with Dynamaical Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Non Linear Dynamical Systems. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and of the Hellenic Societies of Physics and Mathematics.
Assistant Professor (Retired) of Astronomy at the Department of Physics, University of Athens, Greece. He was born in Athens on the 21st of December, 1941. He received the B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens (1968) and the Ph.D. in 1976 from the same University. His scientific interests include Solar Physics and Applied Optics and he has organized the Laboratory of Applied Optics of the Physics Department. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and of the Hellenic Physics Union.
Professor Emeritus, of Observational Astrophysics,
University of Crete, Greece. He was born in Anno
Viannos, Heraklion, Crete on the 27th of November, 1942. He received the B.Sc. in Physics (1968) and the
Dr.Rer.Nat. (1975) both from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen. He worked as Researcher at the Max Planck Institut fur Extraterrestrische Physik (MPE) before moving to the University of Crete in 1980, first as Visiting Lecturer and then (1984) as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to an Associate Professor in 1990 and to Professor in 2005. He retired and was elected Emeritus Professor in 2009. He served as the first Director of Skinakas Observatory, which he founded together with Gerhard Haerendel (MPE), from 1984 until his retirement. Since 2001 he is the Scientific Director of the Onassis Foundation Science Lecture Series that take place every July at FORTH.
Scientifically, he is interested in Space Physics and Observational Astrophysics.
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.).
Assistant Professor (retired), Department of Physics, University of Athens, Greece, (since 1986). She was born in Serifos, Cyclades, Greece. She received her B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece (1969), her M.Sc. (1974), and her Ph.D. (1976), both from the Victoria University of Manchester. She has worked as Teaching Assistant in the Astronomical Laboratory at the University of Patras. (1970- 1973) and at the University of Athens (1974-1978) and as Chief Assistant in the latter (1978-1982). She became Lecturer in 1982 and Assistant Professor in 1986 at the Department of Physics of the University of Athens. Her scientific and research interests are both theoretical and observational. The first include Stellar Structure and Evolution of Binary Stars, and the latter ground based and satellite Photometric and Spectroscopic Observations of various types of variable stars, like eclipsing binaries, CVs, symbiotics, pulsating. On these subjects she has published about 230 papers. Moreover, she has published, in Greek, 20 scientific and a number of popular articles, while she is interested in the History and Education of Astronomy. Moreover, she has authored or co-authored Lecture Notes and Laboratory Exercises and edited the Proceedings of an International Astronomical Meeting.
Dr. Rovithis was born in Crete, Greece, on January 2, 1938 and passed away in Athens on March 11, 2020. He received his B.Sc. in Mathematics from the Athens University, Greece, (1963), and his Ph.D., from the same University (1976). He joined for three months as Visiting Research Fellow the Univ. of Manchester and the Haute Province Observatory. He has worked as Assistant at the Univ. of Athens, Greece (1960-1963), Astronomer at the Athens Planetarium of Eugenides Foundation (1967-1971), Assistant and Chief Assistant of the Astronomical Institute, of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), Researcher, Chief Researcher of the same Institute, and in charge of the Kryonerion Station of NOA (1994-2001). He retired in 2001 and became Emeritus Chief Researcher, at then Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics. His areas of expertise and research interests included Observational Astrophysics and in particular the sun, diffuse nebulae, SN remnants, photometric and spectroscopic observations of variable stars such as CVs, eclipsing binaries and symbiotic stars. On these subjects he has published many scientific papers as well as 5 monographs and a large number of popular articles in Greek. He was also interested in the history of the astronomy and has written 8 popular books on various subjects. He has been permanent fellow in two popular scientific journals, of the encyclopaedia YDRIA. Moreover, for many years he was presenting all important observational events during the year in the Journal Uranus, published by the Society for Space and Astronomy at Volos, in which he was also an honorary member. He was member of IAU and founding member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society.
Researcher (retired), Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, National Observatory of Athens, Greece. He was born in Paris, France on the 26th of July, 1934. He received the B.Sc. in Mathematics (1962) and the Ph.D. (1977), both from the University of Athens. He has worked as a high-school Professor of Mathematics (1962-66) and as Assistant at the Laboratory of Astronomy of the University of Athens (1966-71). His scientific interests include the Clestial Mechanics, the Planets, the Sun and the stellar Clusters. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and a founding member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.).
Professor Emeritus, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1948-2020). He was born in Chania, Crete, Greece on March 5, 1948 and passed away on May 2, 2020. He received his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece (1971), his M.Sc. in Radio Astronomy from the Victoria University of Manchester, U.K. (1973) and his Ph.D. in the same field from the same University (1975). He worked in numerous Institutes and Universities: at the Max-Planck Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany (07/1975-12/1976, 02/1979–04/1979, 09/1982–04/1984 Alexander von Humboldt scholarship, 05/1984–08/1985 and 09/1991- 07/1992 on sabbatical from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), at the Universität Hamburg, Germany (02/1978–01/1979) and at the University of California, San Diego, U.S.A. (09/1979–06/1982). He joined the Dept. of Physics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece as an Associate Professor in July 1985 and was promoted to Professor in May 1996. He retired and became Emeritus Professor in 2015. He has served as Director of the Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, Department of Physics, University of Thessaloniki (1989-1990, 2001-2002, 2008- 2009), member of the Council of the Department of Physics and Chairman or member in several Committees at the same University. He is a founding member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.) where he has served as Secretary (1994-1998) and as President (1998-2002). He has served as Member (1986-1990) and as Chairman (2001-2005) of the Greek National Committee for Astronomy. Since 1992 he has served as an Expert Evaluator in European and National Programme Committees and as Referee in International Journals, while he has served as a Member of the Time Allocation Committee of the 100m radio telescope of the MPIfR, Bonn, Germany at Effelsberg (1993-1997). His scientific interests include Neutron Stars (Pulsars), Neutral Hydrogen modeling in nearby galaxies, the Centre of our Galaxy, Flare Stars, Lunar Transient Phenomena and Archaeoastronomy. He has published more that 74 scientific papers in refereed journals, and more than 80 papers in conference proceedings and special volumes as well as three University-level Textbooks. He has also represented Greece in large European networks (OPTICON, ILIAS, CRAF, etc). In December 2005, the highest EU prize Descartes was awarded to the Neutron Stars research network, “PULSE”, in which he is a one of the founding members. He was member of the Hellenic Physical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), as well as a Founding Member of the European Astronomical Society.
Professor (retired), Department of Physics, University of Crete, Greece. Born in Mendenitsa Lokris, Greece in 1947. He
received the B.Sc. in Physics from the Aristotle University
of Thessaloniki (1970) and his Ph.D. from the University of
Saskatchewan in Canada (1978). He is involved with the
University of Crete since its beginning in 1978. He worked
for two years (1979-81) as a Postdoctoral fellow in the
Institute of Physics, University of Oslo, Norway, and as a
reasearch associate (1984-85) in the Institute of Space and
Atmospheric Studies, University of Saskatchewn, Canada.
During the 20-year period from 1984 to 2004, he worked
for a total of 3 years as a Research Scientist in the Max-
Planck Institut fuer Aeronomie, Germany, for several months in the Universite de Paris VI (Pierre and Marie Curie), and for 6 months as a visiting professor in the Universite de Rennes I, France. Also he spent in 2005 four months as a visiting Professor in the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University, Japan. In the Physics Department, University of Crete, he is responsible for the Laboratory of Ionospheric Physics. His scientific interests are in Upper Atmospheric and Ionospheric Physics: Ionospheric coherent and incoherent radio wave scattering; Ionospheric Plasma irregularities and instabilities; midlatitude sporadic E-layers, formation, plasma instabilities and electrodynamics; Midlatitude E/F region electrodynamic coupling; Coupling of Mesosphere Lower Thermosphere (MLT) dynamics (winds, gravity, tidal and planetary waves) with sporadic E layer plasma; VLF propagation and ionospheric modification during thunderstorms and Transient Luminous Events (sprites and elves). Geophysical data analysis techniques. Radar coherent backscatter experimentation. Digital Ionosonde, Geomagnetometric and VLF subionospheric measurements. Also he has done applied research on wind potential and energy Studies. He is author of more than 90 refereed papers, and has about 20 invited talks and 140 presentations in international conferences. He received The Max-Planck Institute Golden Pin award for Research in 1999. He served as a guest editor of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics and of Annales Geophsicae. He served as Associate Editor of the Radio Science Bulletin, and since 2006 he serves as associate Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the European Geophysical Union.
Theodoros Christides was born in 1940. He studied at the experimental high school of Thessaloniki (1952-1958) and obtained his BSc in Physics from the University of Thessaloniki. He worked originally as a high-school teacher (1965-1972) followed by a position of an assistant at the Dept. of Physics of the Univ. of Thessaloniki. There he obtained his PhD (1978) and taught courses of history and philosophy of science. He continued with postdoctoral studies in the History and Philosophy of Science at Chelsea College in London (1979-1980) at the Fondation Louis de Broglie in Paris (1987-1988). In 1998 he was elected Professor of history and philosophy of science at the Department of Primary Education of the Univ. of Thessaly. He retired and became emeritus in 2007.