Vasilis Xanthopoulos' Curriculum
The famous scientist S. Chandrasekhar (Nobel Price
1983) talking with V. Xanthopoulos
He was born in Drama in 1951 and left lyceum in 1969. He
continued his studies at the University of Thessaloniki where
he studied Mathematics. He graduated in 1973 and he went to
Chicago, U.S.A. for a postgraduate course where he succeeded
in getting a master degree (1976) and a PH.D. (1978) in Science.
Afterwards, he taught at the Universities of Montana S.U.,
Syracuse, Harvard, Chicago and at the Max Plank Institute.
He was a lecturer of Astronomy at the University of Thessaloniki
(1980-82) and later was elected professor and chairman of
the Physical Science department of the University of Crete.
He carried out researches into subjects of the General Theory
of Relativity as well as Mathematical Science. He mainly contributed
to the development of methods of solving the Einstein equations.
He wrote more than 60 original projects and over 200 scientific
reviews. He was murdered on 27 November, 1990 while lecturing
in a research seminar for computers.
Since 1992 there has been a competition held in the 1st Lyceum
of Drama in the Mathematics and Science, and it concerns the
students of all county and of the three-lyceum grades. The organization
of the competition is carried out through the collaboration
of Municipality and the Club of the Exact Scientists.
From the first year, the Municipality has enacted awards for
the winners of each grade. In the years 1998,1999 the Club of
the Exact Scientists has succeeded in sending a prize-winning
boy and a girl to the International Camp of Alabama, where they
attend and participate in the astronaut training.
Since 1998 prize money is awarded to the student who will gather
the highest marking by Dimosthenes Teneketzi, professor of Michigan
University and a close friend of B. Xanthopoulos.
For the first time since 2001 the Prefectural local government
of Drama has established scholarship for one of the first students
of the third grade, on the condition that he/she has succeeded
in the University Exams.