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Athanasios S. Fokas

Mathematician - Professor at Cambrigde

Athanasios Fokas is a Greek mathematician with degrees in aeronautics and medicine, he is one of the most important, living Greek scientists, as well as "a rare case of a Renaissance scientist" according to Israel Gelfand. His "journey" begins in 1952, starting in Argostoli where he lived until the age of eighteen. His next stop was London, where he studied aeronautics at Imperial College (BSc, 1975), graduating first in his class, with the ultimate goal of employment. However, his love for applied mathematics led him to California and Caltech University, where he received his PhD in this field (PhD, 1979). Being a living embodiment of the Renaissance scientist, he chooses to continue his studies in the East Coast of the USA and graduated in 1986 from the University of Miami with a degree in Medicine (MD, 1986). Athanasios Fokas has been in London since 1996 and is Professor of Applied Mathematics at Imperial College London, and since 2002 has been Professor of Non-Linear Mathematics at Galileo University, Cambridge University. He has given more than 220 lectures at seminars and international conferences, and has received a number of awards and distinctions for his contribution to science. In 2000 he was awarded the Naylor Prize of the London Mathematical Society, an award which has been described by the Associated Press and Imperial College University as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Applied Mathematics. It is worth noting that this award was given in 1991 to Roger Penrose and in 1999 to Stephen Hawking. In addition, he has been awarded the "Excellence of Sciences" of the Academy of Athens, an award which is given every four years to a Greek researcher of natural sciences, engineering and medicine, as well as the "Excellence of Bodosakis", which is awarded every two years to Greek researchers from an international scientific committee chaired by a Nobel Prize winner. He is an honorary doctor of seven universities, while he has been awarded the distinction of Brigadier General of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of the Hellenic Republic. He is also the first elected full member of the Academy of Athens to teach Applied Mathematics and has published more than 300 scientific articles and is the author or co-author of seven books and three monographs. The "ISI Web of Science" includes Mr. Fokas in the list of mathematics with the most bibliographic references worldwide. On June 25, 2018, at the First Conference of the Hellenic Mathematical Society in Athens, A. Fokas presents a completely new approach that indicates the validity of the 110-year-old Lindelöf hypothesis, opening up the possibilities of new discoveries in quantum computing, number theory, and cryptography. for cyber security In the years 2022, A. Fokas remains faithful to his teaching duties, inspiring and guiding the next generation of scientists, while continuing to enrich his research work.