Dimitri Nanopoulos

Dimitri V. Nanopoulos (/nəˈnɒpəlɒs/; Greek: Δημήτρης Νανόπουλος; born 13 September 1948) is a Greek physicist. He is one of the most regularly cited researchers in the world, cited more than 48,500 times over across a number of separate branches of science.

Dimitri Nanopoulos
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Born (1948-09-13) 13 September 1948 (age 72)
Alma materUniversity of Athens
University of Sussex
Known forFlipped SU(5)
Coining the term "Grand Unified Theory"
AwardsOnassis International Prize, 2006
Enrico Fermi Prize, 2009
Scientific career
FieldsHigh energy physics
InstitutionsTexas A&M University
École Normale Supérieure
Harvard University
Academy of Athens
University of Athens
Doctoral advisorNorman Dombey


Dimitri Nanopoulos was born and raised in Athens, but hails from a Vlach family of Northern Epirus, whose original surname was Nakas.[1] He studied Physics at the University of Athens and he graduated in 1971, continuing his studies at the University of Sussex in England, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1973 in High Energy Physics. He has been a Research Fellow at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland and for many years has been a staff member and Research Fellow at the École Normale Supérieure, in Paris, France and at Harvard University, Cambridge, United States. In 1989, he was elected Professor at the Department of Physics, at the NASA-supported Texas A&M University, where since 1992 he has been a Distinguished Professor of Physics, and since 2002 holder of the Mitchell/Heep Chair in High Energy Physics; he is also a distinguished HARC fellow at the Houston Advanced Research Center in Houston, Texas. In 1997 he was appointed regular member of the Academy of Athens, and, in 2005, President of the Greek National Council for Research and Technology, Greek National Representative to the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, CERN, and to the European Space Agency (ESA).

He has made several contributions to particle physics and cosmology,[2] and works in string unified theories, fundamentals of quantum theory, astroparticle physics and quantum-inspired models of brain function. He has written over 645 original papers, including 14 books. He has over 42,500 citations, placing him as the fourth most cited High Energy Physicist of all time, according to the 2001 and 2004 census. Since 1988 he has been fellow of the American Physical Society, and since 1992 member of the Italian Physical Society. In 1996, he was made Commander of the Order of Honour of the Greek State.

He is one of the principal developers of the flipped SU(5) model, first proposed by Stephen M. Barr in a paper published in 1982.[3] It was further described in a 1984 paper by Nanopoulos, J. P. Deredinger, and J.E Kim[4] and a 1987 paper by Nanopoulos, I. Antoniadis, John Ellis, and John Hagelin.[5][6]

On 17 October 2006 he was awarded the Onassis International prize by the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation.[7] On 28 September 2009, he was awarded the 2009 Enrico Fermi Prize from the Italian Physical Society in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of string theory.

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  1. ^ "Δημήτρης Νανόπουλος: Φως στη "σκοτεινή ενέργεια"" (in Greek). To Vima. 22 March 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  2. ^ Ellis, John; Nanopoulos, Dimitri (July 1983). "Particle physics and cosmology". CERN Courier. 23 (6): 211–216.
  3. ^ Barr, S.M. (1982). "A new symmetry breaking pattern for SO(10) and proton decay". Physics Letters B. Elsevier BV. 112 (3): 219–222. doi:10.1016/0370-2693(82)90966-2. ISSN 0370-2693.
  4. ^ Derendinger, J.-P.; Kim, Jihn E.; Nanopoulos, D.V. (1984). "Anti-Su(5)" (PDF). Physics Letters B. Elsevier BV. 139 (3): 170–176. doi:10.1016/0370-2693(84)91238-3. ISSN 0370-2693.
  5. ^ Antoniadis, I.; Ellis, J.; Hagelin, J.S.; Nanopoulos, D.V. (1987). "Supersymmetric flipped SU(5) revitalized". Physics Letters B. Elsevier BV. 194 (2): 231–235. doi:10.1016/0370-2693(87)90533-8. ISSN 0370-2693.
  6. ^ Stenger, Victor J., Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness, Prometheus Books (2009) ISBN 1-59102-713-6 ISBN 978-1591027133 p 61.
  7. ^ "Faces and places: Nanopoulos receives 2006 Onassis prize". CERN Courier. 47 (1): 37–47. January 2007.

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