CULTURE

Greek mathematicians share the Aristeio prize

The Aristeio Bodossaki prize goes this year to two Greek mathematicians who have received international recognition in their fields. The award ceremony is to be held this coming Wednesday, June 14. It is the third time the prize has been awarded to «Greek scientists who have earned international renown in science, technology and medicine, who are truly worthy of emulation, and are a source of great national pride.» This year’s awardees are Athanassios Fokas, 52, a member of the Athens Academy, and Dimitris Christodoulou, a professor at the University of Zurich, for his considerable contribution to the theory of general relativity and gravity. The Journal of Mathematical Physics presented Fokas’s work in its issue to mark the second millennium, which focused on the most important discoveries of the 20th century in mathematical physics. He has contributed to the resolution of two problems in the area of mathematical imaging. The two scientists will share the prize money of 150,000 euros. The Aristeio Bodossaki award for excellence is awarded to scientists who have made decisive contributions toward furthering their scientific field by means of original and completed mainstream work of the highest possible quality, which has shaped important parts of their field, and has gained international recognition. It will be awarded at the Bodossakis Foundation, where the hosts will be the rector of Athens University, Professor Georgios D. Babiniotis, and chairman of the board of the Bodossakis Foundation Stamatis Mantzavinos. Guest of honor will be President Karolos Papoulias. A reception is to follow. A dinner will be held for the two recipients and their families on Tuesday afternoon at the Aigli, Zappeion.