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.).
Academician, Academy of Athens, Greece, Head
(Emeritus) of the Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns
Hopkins University (APL/JHU), U.S.A. He was born in
Brontados, Chios, Greece, on the 10th of September 1938.
He received the B.Sc. in Physics from the University of
Minesota, U.S.A. (1961), the M.Sc. from the University of
Iowa (1963) and the Ph.D. from the same University in
1965. Krimigis and his supervisor Prof. J. A. Van Allen use
for the first time a solid detector in space and they discover
alpha particles in the radiation belts. As Head of the
JHU/APL he directed the activities of about 500 scientists,
engineers, and other technical and supporting staff in the design, construction, test, and launch into space of entire satellites, and of consructing scientific instruments that perform measurements on a large variety of earth-orbiting and interplanetary missions. He served on the faculty of the Physics and Astronomy Dept. at Iowa (1965-68) before joining APL in 1968. He headed the Space Physics and Instrumentation Group, became Chief Scientist in 1980, and Head of the Space Department in 1991. His research interests include the earths environment, its magnetosphere, the sun, the interplanetary medium, and the magnetospheres of the planets and other astrophysical objects and he has published more than 330 papers in journals and books on these subjects. He has been Principal Investigator or Co- Investigator on several NASA spacecraft, including the Low Energy Charged Particle (LECP) Experiment on Voyagers 1 and 2, and the Active Magnetospheric Particle Tracer Explores (AMPTE), a collaborative U.S.-German-U.K. program that created the first man-made comet in space on December 27, 1984. Together with five other scientists, he was invited to the White House to brief President Reagan on both of these projects on March 26, 1986. He was one of the groups of American intellectuals from World of Arts, Sciences, and Politics invited to meet with President Gorbachev during his first visit to Washington, D.C. in December, 1987. He also participated in a briefing of President Bush in the Oval Office on July 7, 1990, following the successful Voyager encounter with Neptune. He was a Principal Investigator for the 1997 Cassini mission to Saturn and Titan, and a Co-Investigator on the Galileo, Ulysses, ACE and MESSENGER missions. He spearheaded the establishment of NASAs Discovery program for low-cost planetary missions. Together with two other colleagues, he was recognized for "Laurels" in Space for the NEAR achievement by the Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine in 1997. He has been elected recently as full member of the Academy of Athens, Greece (2004) and he was Vice-Chairman of the Greek National Astronomical Committee (2005-2007). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, of the AGU and recently (2005) Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and he has been awarded twice (1981, 1986) the NASAs Exceptional Scientific Achievement; the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 1981 and again in 1986, some thirty NASA Group Achievement Awards for Voyager, AMPTE, Galileo, Ulysses, Cassini, and ACE, has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences Space Science Board, Chairman of the Boards Committee on Solar and Space Physics, a member of NASA’s Space Science and Applications Advisory Committee, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Physical Society, member of the International Academy of Astronautics, corresponding member of the Athens Academy. He received the International Academy of Astronautics Basic Sciences Award and the AHEPA Academy Prize, both in 1994. He has participated as member or Chairman in many national and the international conferences in space science and space systems management, has delivered more than 1,000 talks on these topics, and has lectured in several countries all over the world. The International Astronautical Union in 1999 named asteroid "8323 Krimigis", (previously 1979 UH) in his honor. The President of the Hellenic Republic has awarded him the Gold Cross "Commandeur de l’ Ordre du Phoénix" in 1997. Also, the American Hellenic Institute has honored Dr. Krimigis with its "Hellenic Heritage Achievement Award" in Washington in 1998. In 2002 he received the “Cospar Space Science Award, the highest distinction by the world space community and recently with the “Homeric Award”.