Emeritus Professor of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He was born in Athens, Greece on the 17th of March, 1940. He received the B.Sc. in Mechanical – Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1964) and the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, U.S.A. (1970). He has been Research Associate at the Universities of Texas and Cambridge. Scientifically he is mainly interested in the General theory of Relativity and he has published many papers on this subject. He has a rich editorial work and has published various textbooks. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), of the American Physical Society, of the I.S.G.R.G, of the T.E.E. and a founding member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.).
Petropoulos Vassilios, (1938-2008)
Senior Researcher Research Center for Astron. and Applied Mathematics, Academy of Athens, Greece. He was born in Athens, Greece and received the B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Bordeaux, France (1961) and the M.Sc. (1968) and the Doctorat d’ Etat (1974) both from the University of Paris VI, France. He has worked as Researcher at C.N.R.S. of France (1961-74) and associated scientist at the School of Physics and Mathematics of the University of Patras, Greece (1974-75). His scientific interests included atomic and molecular Physics, Solar and Planetary ￼Physics, Cosmic Radiation and Solar- Terrestrial Relations.
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.).
Dr John M. Polygiannakis died on the 10th June 2004, at the age of 37. He was brilliant devoted, industrious and diligent researcher whose interests ranged, from Cosmic Rays and Plasma Physics to Solar Astronomy and Space Physics to Non-linear systems, Chaos, Self Organized Critical Systems and Geophysics and Seismology.
The only position he ever occupied in the Academia was his brief service as a University of Athens functionary; a post which he resigned in order to dedicate his full energy to research. This, in addition to his scientific contributions, marks him as a unique personality, an idealist, focused on the pursuit of scientific knowledge rather than the pursuit of position, rank or funded project.
Polymilis Chronis (1946-2000)
Assistant Professor of the University of Athens, Greece. He was born in Aegaleo, Athens, Greece and received his B.Sc. in Surveying from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1977) and the Ph.D. from the Department of Physics of the University of Athens, Greece (1985). He was interested mainly in the non-linear Dynamical systems and he had published many papers on these subjects. He was a member of the IAU and a Founding member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.).
Poulakos Constantinos, (1936-2009)
Senior Researcher, Research Center for Astronomy and Applied Mathematics, Academy of Athens, Greece. He was born in Kozani, Greece and received the B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece (1960) and the Ph.D. from the same University in 1970. His scientific interests included the Solar and Solar-Terrestrial Phenomena and the study of the atmosphere.