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Press Release: Professor D. Nanopoulos candidate for the position of Director- General of CERN

Date:
1/7/2014

PRESS RELEASE
11/06/2014

Greece has proposed Professor Dimitri Nanopoulos, a distinguished Greek physicist for the post of Director General to Geneva’s top research Centre for high energy physics, CERN.
The proposal was submitted to CERN by Greece’s Permanent Mission to Geneva on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 and the selection process is expected to be completed by December.
Professor Dimitri Nanopoulos is currently vice-president (and elected president for 2015) of the Academy of Athens. He has also worked as a senior research physicist at CERN for many years. His team in 1975 was the first to propose the ‘Higgs-strahlung” process, where a Higgs boson is radiating from a Z-boson, which proved to be the best way to search for a Higgs boson at the Large Electron-Positron Collider. This contribution was also recognized by Peter Higgs himself, in his acceptance speech for the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics.
In addition to his post in the Athens Academy, Nanopoulos is also holder of the Mitchell-Heep Chair in High-Energy Physics at Texas A&M Department of Physics and Astronomy and serves as head of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) astroparticle physics group. As of January 2013 he has been appointed as Greece’s delegate to the CERN Council, a position he also held between 2005 and 2010. During his service in this position he supported the Greek scientific community for Particle Physics in various ways, facilitating and promoting the national participation in all research programs of CERN. He has also contributed to a settlement of the annual contribution of Greece to CERN for a number of years, as well as the settlement of the of Greek financial participation in  CERN’s experiments where an important number of Greek scientists and researchers are involved.
"The nomination of Professor Dimitri V. Nanopoulos for the post of Director General of CERN is very important and honorable for Greece," noted the Secretary General for Research and Technology, Dr. Christos Vasilakos, adding that "with such a strong candidacy our country is promoted internationally, since it is the position of the head of a high-profile international organization, which has recently come to the forefront due to the discovery of the Higgs Boson".


Greece is a founding member of CERN  (1954).



PROF. DIMITRI V. NANOPOULOS

He was born in Athens. He studied Physics at the University of Athens and he graduated in 1971. He continued his studies at the University of Sussex in England, where he got his Ph.D. in 1973, in High Energy Physics. He has been a Research Fellow at the Center of European Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland and for many years he has been a staff member. He has also been a Research Fellow in Ecole Normale Superieure, in Paris, France and in Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. In 1989, he was elected professor at the Department of Physics, at Texas A&M University where since 1992 he is a Distinguished Professor of Physics and since 2002 he holds the Mitchell/Heep Chair in High Energy Physics. He is also Head of the Astroparticle Physics Group in Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), in Houston, Texas, USA, where he is in charge of a research department of the World Laboratory, which is based in Switzerland. In 1997 he was appointed regular member of the Academy of Athens and in 2014 he became vice president of the Academy of Athens. From 2005 to 2009 he was the chairman of the Greek National Council for Research and Technology. He has served as the National representative of Greece to the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) from 2005 to 2010 and again from 2013 until today. He was also the National representative of Greece to the European Space Agency (ESA) from 2005 to 2006.

He has made several contributions to particle physics and cosmology. He works in string unified theories, fundamentals of quantum theory, astroparticle physics and quantum-inspired models of brain function.
He has written over 660 original papers, all published in peer-reviewed journals, with high impact factor, including 14 books. He has over 41.000 citations (h_index=98), placing him as the fourth (4th) most cited High Energy Physicist of all time according to the 2001 and 2004 census. Since 1988 he is fellow of the American Physical Society and since 1992 a member of the Italian Physical Society. In 1996, he was awarded the Commander of the Order of Honour of the Greek State and in 2005, celebration year of the 100th anniversary of the Einstein’s Relativity Theory, he received for the 2nd time (first time was in 1999) the 1st place award from the Gravity Research Foundation (Massachusetts, U.S.A.). In 2006 he received the “Onassis International Prize” and in 2009 the “Enrico Fermi” Prize.
 

 
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