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).
Kotsakis Demetrios (1910–1986)
Professor of Astronomy, University of Athens, Greece and Director of the Astronomical Institute of the National Observatory of Athens. He was born in Filiatra, Greece. He discovered a paragraph in the last will and testament of Korialgenos in the form of Bank of Greece bonds stating his desire for the acquisition of a large telescope and proceeded to establish the Kryonerion Astronomical Station in Corinthia, Greece and to equip it with the largest at the time reflector of 1,2 m.
Professor and Dean, Academic Affairs Broward College (USA). He was born in Zografou, Chalkidiki, Greece, on
the 13th of February 1961. He received his B.Sc. from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1982), the M.Sc. from the University of Rochester, U.S.A. and the Ph.D. in Physics from the same University (1988). He has worked as Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alabama (1988-91) and as Visiting Researcher at the
University of Rochester (1991-92). His scientific interests are centered on the Structure and Evolution of the stars (Pulsating degenerate stars, Neutron stars, Protostars
etc). He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), of the American Astronomical Society and of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.).