John Hugh Seiradakis

Physics Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece 
Radio astronomy, pulsars, history of astronomy
"John Seiradakis"

Professor Emeritus, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1948-2020). He was born in Chania, Crete, Greece on March 5, 1948 and passed away on May 3, 2020. He received his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece (1971), his M.Sc. in Radio Astronomy from the Victoria University of Manchester, U.K. (1973) and his Ph.D. in the same field from the same University (1975). He worked in numerous Institutes and Universities: at the Max-Planck Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany (07/1975-12/1976, 02/1979–04/1979, 09/1982–04/1984 Alexander von Humboldt scholarship, 05/1984–08/1985 and 09/1991- 07/1992 on sabbatical from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), at the Universität Hamburg, Germany (02/1978–01/1979) and at the University of California, San Diego, U.S.A. (09/1979–06/1982). He joined the Dept. of Physics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece as an Associate Professor in July 1985 and was promoted to Professor in May 1996. He retired and became Emeritus Professor in 2015. He has served as Director of the Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, Department of Physics, University of Thessaloniki (1989-1990, 2001-2002, 2008- 2009), member of the Council of the Department of Physics and Chairman or member in several Committees at the same University. He is a founding member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S.) where he has served as Secretary (1994-1998) and as President (1998-2002). He has served as Member (1986-1990) and as Chairman (2001-2005) of the Greek National Committee for Astronomy. Since 1992 he has served as an Expert Evaluator in European and National Programme Committees and as Referee in International Journals, while he has served as a Member of the Time Allocation Committee of the 100m radio telescope of the MPIfR, Bonn, Germany at Effelsberg (1993-1997). His scientific interests include Neutron Stars (Pulsars), Neutral Hydrogen modeling in nearby galaxies, the Centre of our Galaxy, Flare Stars, Lunar Transient Phenomena and Archaeoastronomy. He has published more that 74 scientific papers in refereed journals, and more than 80 papers in conference proceedings and special volumes as well as three University-level Textbooks. He has also represented Greece in large European networks (OPTICON, ILIAS, CRAF, etc). In December 2005, the highest EU prize Descartes was awarded to the Neutron Stars research network, “PULSE”, in which he is a one of the founding members. He was member of the Hellenic Physical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), as well as a Founding Member of the European Astronomical Society.
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Seiradakis JH, Edmunds MG. (2018) Our current knowledge of the Antikythera Mechanism Nature Astronomy. 2: 35-42
Pasachoff JM, Rušin V, Saniga M, et al. (2015) Structure and dynamics of the 2012 november 13/14 eclipse white-light corona Astrophysical Journal. 800
Anastasiou M, Seiradakis JH, Carman CC, et al. (2014) The antikythera mechanism: The construction of the metonic pointer and the back plate spirals Journal For the History of Astronomy. 45: 418-441
Efstathiou M, Basiakoulis A, Efstathiou K, et al. (2013) The Reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era. 2: 307-334
Anastasiou M, Seiradakis JH, Evans JC, et al. (2013) The Astronomical Events of the Parapegma of the Antikythera Mechanism Journal For the History of Astronomy. 44: 173
Efstathiou K, Basiakoulis A, Efstathiou M, et al. (2012) Determination of the gears geometrical parameters necessary for the construction of an operational model of the Antikythera Mechanism Mechanism and Machine Theory. 52: 219-231
Voulgaris AG, Gaintatzis PS, Seiradakis JH, et al. (2012) Spectroscopic Coronal Observations During the Total Solar Eclipse of 11 July 2010 Solar Physics. 278: 187-202
Contadakis ME, Avgoloupis SJ, Seiradakis JH. (2012) Detection of transient high frequency optical oscillations of the flare star YZ CMin Astronomische Nachrichten. 333: 583-593
Kalfountzou E, Trichas M, Rowan-Robinson M, et al. (2011) EFOSC2 Spectroscopy of SWIRE-CDFS galaxies Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 413: 249-261
Voulgaris A, Athanasiadis T, Seiradakis JH, et al. (2010) A Comparison of the Red and Green Coronal Line Intensities at the 29 March 2006 and the 1 August 2008 Total Solar Eclipses: Considerations of the Temperature of the Solar Corona Solar Physics. 264: 45-55
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