Important Greek Scientists and Engineers from 1900 – today

(People from Cyprus or of Greek Origin included)

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For the first time the nation surveys the hideous spectacle of its ignorance and trembles in measuring with the eye the distance separating it from its ancestors’ glory. This painful discovery, however, does not precipitate the Greeks into despair: We are the descendants of Greeks, they implicitly told themselves, we must try to become again worthy of the name, or we must not bear it. Adamantios Korais before a Parisian audience in 1803.

Political Science

George Tsebelis, Vetoplayers


They (Greeks) were very upset when I said the development of the greatest importance to mathematics in Europe was the discovery by Tartaglia that you can solve a cubic equation: although it is of little use in itself, the discovery must have been psychologically wonderful because it showed that a modern man could do something no ancient Greek could do. It therefore helped in the Renaissance, which was freeing man from the intimidation of the ancients. What the Greeks are learning in school is to be intimidated into thinking that they have fallen so far below their ancestors. Richard Feynman reporting on a 1980 visit to Greece

Constantin Carathéodory (Κωνσταντίνος Καραθεοδωρής)(13.9.1873 – 2.2.1950), one of the greatest modern Greek mathematicians, (not a teacher of Albert Einstein as usually said but an adviser for some mathematical problems of relativity. Important contribution in Thermodynamics )(In Greek: how bad he was treated by the Greeks in Greece, as Kazantzakis said the internal enemies are the greatest enemies of Greece) (Info in Greek), another report in Greek, άγαλμα του Κ. Καραθεοδωρή , Κύριοι, ζητήσατε να σας απαντήσω σε χίλια δυο πράγματα, κανείς σας όμως δεν θέλησε να μάθει ποιος ήταν ο δάσκαλός μου, ποιος μου έδειξε και μου άνοιξε το δρόμο προς την ανώτερη μαθηματική επιστήμη, σκέψη και έρευνα. Και για να μη σας κουράσω, σας το λέω έτσι απλά χωρίς λεπτομέρειες, ότι μεγάλος μου δάσκαλος υπήρξε ο αξεπέραστος Έλληνας Κωνσταντίνος Καραθεοδωρής, στον οποίο , εγώ προσωπικά, αλλά και η μαθηματική επιστήμη, η φυσική, η σοφία του αιώνα μας χρωστάμε τα πάντα" Αλβέρτος Αϊνστάιν στην τελευταία του συνέντευξη τύπου το 1955 (Did Einstein really say in 1955, in an interview, that Carathéodory was his teacher as a report of a news organization suggests ???) Oι αντιλήψεις του Κωνσταντίνου Καραθεοδωρή για το ρόλο της Ελλάδας στην 'καθ' ημάς Ανατολή' "

N. Lygeros , CARATHÉODORY , Articles & Analyses

Image of Caratheodory in Smyrna

Christos Dimitriou Papakyriakopoulos (Χρήστος Δημητρίου Παπακυριακόπουλος )(1914 – 29.6.1976)

Stelios (Stylianos) K. Pichorides (Στέλιος Κ. Πηχωρίδης) ( 1940 Athens – 18.6.1992 Madrid/Spain) 1980 Prix Salem Prize for his work on the Littlewood conjecture, C(p) conjecture, constants for Riesz Projection ,“απεβίωσε στη Μαδρίτη κατά την διάρκεια διεθνούς Συνεδρίου απο προσβολή πέμπτου οσφυϊκού σπονδύλου»“ , Στυλιανός Κ. Πηχωρίδης

Tom M. Apostol (Apostolopoulos) American of Greek descent, analytic number theory, calculus, Mathematics education

Athanassios Spyridon Fokas (Θανάσης Φωκάς) Method for solving integrable nonlinear evolution PDEs , SPECT, Πιστεύω αλλά δεν μπορώ να αποδείξω ότι...

George Papanicolaou , Applied Mathematics

Leonidas Alaoglu (19.3.1914 – August 1981) Greek-Canadian Mathematician, Alaoglu's theorem

Constantine (Kostas) M. Dafermos , Genealogy , DiPerna Lecture W. T. , SIAM W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize, 2000 theory of partial differential equations, especially nonlinear hyperbolic systems of conservation laws with solutions containing shock waves.“

Nikos A. Salingaros , A Week With Nikos Salingaros (Word File)

Alexander S Kechris (Αλέξανδρος Κεχρής) Foundations of mathematics; mathematical logic and set theory; their interactions with analysis and dynamical systems AMS Genealogy , (Image)

George M. Rassias (1953) , mathematician

John M. Rassias (1945), mathematician

Themistocles M. Rassias (Greek: Θεμιστοκλής Μ. Ρασσιάς; born on April 2, 1951; in Pellana, Peloponnese, Greece) is a Greek mathematician, and a professor at the National Technical University of Athens (Eθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο), Greece. He has published more than 220 papers, 6 research books and 30 edited volumes in research Mathematicstextbooks in Mathematics (in Greek) for University students. His research work has received more than 6,000 citations by several mathematicians worldwide (see Mathematical Terminology). He serves as a member of the Editorial Board of many research international journals.

George Anastasiou (Info)

Nikolaos Kapouleas, (Νικόλαος Σωτ. Καπουλέας )

Panagiotis (Takis) Souganidis (Παναγώτης Ε. Σουγανίδης ) Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations

Nicholas Th. Varopoulos (Νικόλαος Βαρόπουλος)(Varopoulos Group), Prix Raphaël SALEM , son of Theodore Varopoulos (Θεόδωρος Βαρόπουλος)(1894-1957)

Yiannis N. Moschovakis (Ιωάννης Μοσχοβάκης)(1938 Athens) mathematical logician, recursion theory, descriptive set theory, computer science foundations

Mihalis Dafermos (student of D. Christodoulou and son of the mathematician Kostas Dafermos) partial differential equations, general relativity, differential geometry

George Siopsis (24.4.1961 Edessa Greece ) More Info

Sofia Lambropoulou Knot theory

Stavros Garoufalidis Topology, mathematical physics, geometry

Effie Kalfagianni Low dimensional topology; knot theory, 3-manifolds

Ioannis Karatzas, applied probability

Demetrios G Magiros (19.12.1912-19.1.1982)

Isaac Newton's assistant at Cambridge claimed that during five years he saw Newton laugh only once. Newton had loaned a copy of Euclid to an acquaintance, and the gentleman asked what use it was to study Euclid, "upon which Sir Isaac was very merry".


Emanoil Bacaloglu

Nikolaos I. Hadjidakis (Νικόλαος Ι. Χατζηδάκης) (1872-1942) He was also an author and poet who could speak 13 languages.

Panagiotis Zervos (Παναγιώτης Ζερβός ) (1878 Zervata Kefalonia -1952)

Georgios Remoundos (Γεώργιος Ρεμούνδος) (1878 Athens -1928) one of the teachers of Nicholas Th. Varopoulos

A Report from the NEA in Greek

Ancient Greek Mathematicians

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