High-school (IB) Maths Teacher, Psychico College, Athens. He was born in Athens, Greece, on the 24th of June, 1972. He received his B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of
Athens (1996), and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the
University of Wales, Cardiff, U.K. (2000). His scientific
interests include Star and Planet Formation, Numerical
Hydrodynamics, Instabilities in Accretion Discs, Galactic
Dynamics. He has published 12 papers in scientific refereed
journals and 24 papers in conference proceedings and
special volumes. He has been Research Assistant, Cardiff University, U.K. (1999), Research Associate, IAA-National Observatory of Athens (2002-2004), European Marie-Curie Fellow, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, Germany (2004-2008). He is a member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.).
Stergios Klimopoulos was born in 1946 and passed away in 2002, at the age of 56. He obtained his BSc in Mathematics from the Univ. of Athens in 1968 and his PhD from the Univ. of Patras in 1976. He worked as an assistant at the Univ. of Patras and at the time of his death was a Professor at the Dept. of Informatics at the TEI of Athens.
Demetrios K. Kokkidis (1840-1896) was born in Athens. He obtained his doctorate in Astronomy at the University of Berlin in 1862, thanks to a fellowship of Baron Georgios Sinas (in german Georg Simon von Sina), under the supervision of Johann Franz Encke, Karl Christian Bruhns, and Wilhelm Foerster. He continued his education in Paris and on April 16, 1877 he became adjunct professor of Astronomy at the University of Athens. He was promoted to honorary professor on March 30, 1881 and on November 8, 1882 he became full Professor and Astronomer at the Observatory of Athens. He taught courses in meteorology, climatology, astronomy, and mathematics. He served as the Director of the Observatory of Athens from 1884, when Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt passed away, until 1890, when the Observatory of Athens was restructured and Prof. Demetrios Eginitis became its fifth Director. Prof. Kokkidis was also responsible for establishing the first network of meteorological stations in Greece.
Professor, Department of Theoretical Astrophysics, Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen (Since 2007), and Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (since 2008). He was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, on the 27th of February, 1959. He obtained the B.Sc. in Mathematics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1981), the M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Astronomy from the University of Wales, Cardiff, U.K. (1985) and the Ph.D. in Relativistic Astrophysics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1988). He has been Lecturer (1990), Assistant Professor (1994) and Associate Professor (2000) at the same University. In 2006 he has been elected Professor in the Chair of Theoretical Astrophysics at the Eberhard Karls University of
Tuebingen and next year he elected as Professor of
Theory of Relativity in Thessaloniki. His scientific
interests include Sources of Gravitational Waves,
Neutron Stars and Black Holes. He has published more
than 75 scientific papers in refereed journals and more
than 40 papers in conference proceedings and special
volumes / books. He is a member of the Royal
Astronomical Society (1985), of the International
Astronomical Union (IAU), of the European
Astronomical Society (E.A.S.), of the Hellenic
Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.) and of the German
Astronomical Society. He is Member of the Executive Board (2007-2016) of the International Society for General Relativity, Gravitation and Gravitation. He was a member of the Board of Hel.A.S. (2004-2008) and the Editor of the “Hipparchos” magazine of this Society (2004-2008).
Evangelos Kontizas obtained his BSc in Physics from the University of Athens in 1969 and his PhD in Astrophysics with a dissertation on The temperatures of Early Type Stars from the University of Edinburgh (UK) in 1978.
He was a researcher at the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the National Observatory of Athens from 1972 until his retirement in 2011. Dr. Kontizas served as the Director of the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (one of the two institutes which merged to form IAASARS) from 1994 until 1999. He held research appointments at the Observatoire de Haute Provence (France) in 1979, at Trieste Observatory (Italy) in 1980, and he was Senior Associate at NASA/GSFC (USA) in 1989-1990. He was a member of the Council of the Greek National Committee for Astronomy, 1994-1996 and 2001-2003 as well as Chairman during 1997-2001. He was member of the WG of IAU on SKY-SURVEYS and a representative of Greece in the Study Panel on Ground Astronomy & Astrophysics European Commission Unit XII-G2, 1994-1995. He was also a member of the Council of Hel.A.S., 1996-1998 and 1998-2000.
Maria (Mary) Arzoglou Kontizas was born in Piraeus on August 3, 1945. She obtained he BSc in Mathematics from the University of Athens in 1969 and her PhD in Astrophysics from the Univ. of Edinburg in 1977. She joint the faculty of the Dept. of Physics of the Univ. of Athens in 1978 and she retired as an Assistant Professor in 2012. Her research interests were in the area of globular clusters and stellar evolution. She was closely involved in preparatory work for the scientific exploitation of the GAIA data on unresolved galaxies. She is married to Evangelos Kontizas.
Professor, School of Rural & Surveying Engineers, National
Technical University of Athens, Greece. He was born in
Piraeus, Greece, on the 10th of February, 1953. He received his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens (1975), the M.Sc. in Astronomy from the University of Sussex, England (1977) and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the same University (1979). He has worked as Lecturer, School of Rural and Surveying Engineers, National Technical University of Athens (1982 – 1991), as Assistant Professor (1991 – 2001) and as Associate Professor (2001-2008) at the same place before his election in the present position. His scientific interests include Astrophysics (photometry, astrometry, and stellar systems), Geodetic Astronomy (reference systems for position and time) and Computer Science (optimization of algorithms, classification methods, pattern recognition). He is a member of several Working Groups for the preparation of the GAIA mission (since 2002), member of Coordination Unit 8 of GAIA Data Processing & Analysis Consortium (DPAC) and has served as member of the National Steering Committee of the European Programme “Physics on Stage” (supported by EIROforum) (2000-2007). He has served as a Member and Executive Secretary of the Greek National Committee for Astronomy (1994-2001), as Director of the Section of Topography (2004-06) and as Vice President of the School of RSE, NTUA (since 2006).