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Mathematics and physics educator

Demetrios Christodoulou, Greek mathematics and physics educator. Achievements include discovery of nonlinear memory effect of gravitational waves, the formation of unstable naked singularities in gravitational collapse; research in nonlinear partial differential equations, general relativity, fluid dynamics. Member of European Academy Sciences, American Academy Arts and Sciences.

Background

Christodoulou, Demetrios was born on October 19, 1951 in Athens. Came to the United States, 1981. Son of Lambros Christodoulo and Maria Georgiades.

Education

Master of Arts in Physics, Princeton University, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, Princeton University, 1971. Doctor of Science (honorary) in Mathematics, University Athens, 1996.

Doctor of Science (honorary) in Mathematics, National Technology University, Greece, 2000. Doctor of Science (honorary) in Mathematics, Brown University, 2001. Doctor of Science (honorary) in Mathematics, University Cyprus, 2003.

Career

Research fellow California Institute of Technology, 1971-1972. Professor University Athens, 1972-1973. Visiting scientist European Organization of Nuclear Research, 1973-1974, International Center for Theoretical Physics, 1974-1976.

Humboldt fellow Max Planck Institute, 1976-1981. Visiting member Courant Institute, 1981-1983. From associate professor to professor Syracuse University, 1983-1987.

Professor mathematics Courant Institute New York University, 1988-1992. Professor mathematics Princeton University, 1992—2001. Professor math & physics Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule -Zurich, since 2001.

Achievements

  • Achievements include discovery of nonlinear memory effect of gravitational waves, the formation of unstable naked singularities in gravitational collapse. Research in nonlinear partial differential equations, general relativity, fluid dynamics.

Membership

Member of European Academy Sciences, American Academy Arts and Sciences.

Connections

Married Kathleen Kelly, March 8, 1973 (divorced May 1995). Children: Penelope, Alexandra. Married Nikoleta Sigala, June 12, 1997.

father:
Lambros Christodoulo

mother:
Maria Georgiades

spouse:
Kathleen Kelly

spouse:
Nikoleta Sigala

child:
Penelope Christodoulou

child:
Alexandra Christodoulou