While their country suffers through a crushing economic scientists, Greek scientists at home and abroad continue to excel. Physics Professor Costas Skenderis, of Southampton University in the UK, is one of 20 distinguished researchers around the world (and one of two Europeans) to be awarded $175,000 in the international science contest titled: New Frontiers in Astrology and Cosmology.
The prize ceremony will be held on Oct. 121-3 in Philadelphia in cooperation with the University of Chicago, and hosted by the Templeton Foundation in honor of its founder, the late American millionaire philanthropist investor John Templeton.
Skenderis got his degree in Physics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1991 and his Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from the State University of New York (SUNY) in 1996. Then he conducted researches at Institute for Theoretical Physics in Leuven in Belgium, also in Spinoza Institute in Utrecht, as well as at the Department of Physics.
At Princeton, he was an assistant professor from 2001-2003 and then a professor in the Institutes for Theoretical Physics and Mathematics of the University in Amsterdam from 2003 until earlier this year when he became a professor in School of Mathematics at Southampton University.