|Aristotelian University Thessaloniki, Greece|
He was born in Kavala, Greece, on the 16th of September, 1928 and passed away in 2011. He received the B.Sc. in Mathematics from the AUTH (1949) and the Ph.D. in Astronomy from the same University (1954). He worked as Assistant (1951-1955) and Chief Assistant (1955-1960) at the Laboratory of Astronomy of the same University and as Director of the Research and Computing Center of the Academy of Athens (1960-1966). He was elected Professor of Geodetic Astronomy and Director of the respective Laboratory, School of Engineering, AUTH (1964-1966). He has been elected twice Dean of the School of Engineering of the AUTH (1967-1968 and 1970-1973), Vice- Rector of the AUTH, Founding Rector of the Democritus University of Thrace (1974-78), President of the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) (1976-1978) and General Director of Higher Education of the Greek Ministry of Education and Cults (1978-1979). He is the Founder and the Director of the Stephanion Observatory (since 1966). His research work refers to Astronomy, Astrophysics, Geodesy, Geophysics, Space Science and Applications and, later, to Initial and Continuing Education and Training with Distance Learning. He has published more than 110 scientific papers in refereed journals and more than 20 papers in conference proceedings and special volumes/books. He has been Editor or coeditor in four volumes (“Observational Aspects of Galactic Structure”, “Structure & Evolution of the Galaxy”, "Stars and the Milky Way System”, “Compendium in Astronomy” and “Earthquake Prediction and Instrumentation”). He has published (in Greek) many textbooks and notes for the University students on Astronomy, Geodesy and Error Theory. He has been named Honorary Doctor of the Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1995) and Department of Civil Engineering (1996). He is corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens (since 1988) and of the Academy of Sciences of Heidelberg (since 1988) and an active member of the N.Y. Academy of Sciences (1995). He has been honored by the President of the Greek Republic with the “Officer of the Order of the Phoenix” (1977) and by the President of the F.R. of Germany with the “Grosser Verdienst- Kreuz des Verdienst- Ordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland” (1988). ￼￼￼￼￼ ￼The Academy of Athens awarded him the “Excellence of the Sciences”, the highest distinction in this field (1986). He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU- President or Member in many organizing Committees of Commissions 27, 33, 46, 37 and of the Special Study Group 1.78), of the Astronomische Gesellschaft, of the American Astronomical Society, of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, of the Royal Astronomical Society and of the Hellenic Astronomical Society. He has served as member in Greek National Committees (on Geodesy and Geophysics, on Astronomy and on Space Research). He has been a Member of the Group of U.N. Experts on the Geographical Names and President of its Third Conference and National Representative of Greece to the “Space Committee” of the European Commission.