Professor Kyriakos K. Nikolaou, of the University of California, San Diego, School of Chemistry, meant what he said. The man whose work has brought him close to receiving a Nobel Prize for Cyprus came to Athens with his wife and children to receive the 2004 Bodosakis Prize for Excellence. He was presented with the award on Thursday night, by Athens University Dean Georgios Babiniotis in the presence of President Costis Stephanopoulos in the university’s Great Hall. The previous evening, Bodosakis Foundation Chairman Stamatis G. Mantzavinos gave a dinner for the professor, who has spent many years studying, researching and teaching to become one of the leading lights in his field. Nikolaou’s wife was born in Cairo; her parents were from Paphos in Cyprus. After the family moved to Britain, the couple met while Nikolaou was a lodger in his wife-to-be’s home. Nikolaou, who is originally from Karava, by the sea just a few kilometers from Kyrenia, said he was considering using the prize money of 150,000 euros to claim his family home in Cyprus, which is in the Turkish-occupied zone.