Lecturer (retired), Department of Physics, University of Patras, Greece. She was born in the Island of Lefkada, Greece. She received the B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Athens (1973) and the Ph.D. from the Physics Department of the University of Patras (1990). Her scientific interests were in Dynamical Astronomy.
Petros Serghiou Florides is a Greek Cypriot mathematical physicist whose career has been based in Ireland.
He was born in Lapithos, Cyprus, and in 1958 received his bachelors degree from the University of London. His 1960 PhD from Royal Holloway on "Problems in Relativity Theory and Relativistic Cosmology" was supervised by William McCrea. After a postdoc with John L Synge at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies, he settled at Trinity College Dublin in 1962. There he spent over four decades, rising to the rank of senior fellow and pro-chancellor. In 1964 he was awarded a Master of Arts (juri officii).
He was member of the Reviewing Body of the “Mathematical Reviews” (1963-1980), member of the Preparatory Committee for the Establishment of the University of Cyprus (1988-1992), chairman of the Selection Committee for the Mathematics and Statistics Department of the University of Cyprus (1990-1996), chairman of the Peer Review Group for the first Quality Assessment of Third Level Institutions in Greece (1995), and chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the 17th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, held in Dublin at the RDS Convention Centre from July 18 – 23, 2004 (2001-2004). He is life member of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation, fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, London (since 1963), and a patron (and past president) of the Irish Hellenic Society. He was a former pro-chancellor of Trinity College Dublin from 2010–2012.
Jean-Henri Focas (1909-1969) was born in Corfu on July 20, 1909. An amateur astronomer, he perfected himself and finally entered the National Observatory of Athens. Under the direction of Eginitis and Plakidis, he received the deep traditional training as an observer. In Athens, he devoted himself particularly to the study of planets with the 40 cm Doridis equatorial telescope, and later with the 65 cm refractor for which he contributed in a decisive way to be installed at the astronomical station of Penteli in 1954. He stayed in France to observe the opposition of the planet Mars from 1954 to the Pic du Midi. Returning to Athens, he began a close collaboration with the Observatory of Meudon. For this reason, he visited France every year. In 1961, under the direction of Audouin Dollfus (1924-2010), he obtained a university thesis entitled: Photometric and Polarimetric Study of the Seasonal Phenomena of Mars. Then, in 1964, he came to settle permanently in France to run the photographic documentation center on the planets of the UAI in Meudon. Jean-Henri Focas died suddenly of a heart attack in Athens on January 3, 1969.
His name was given to a lunar crater.