IN MEMORIAM- John Xanthakis (1904-1994)

Ioannis Liritzis

Abstract


John Xanthakis, who achieved world-wide recognition for his contribution to the solar-terrestrial phenomena, astronomy and geophysics, departed to the eternal orient on July 7th (1996) after a recent stroke. It can be plausibly argued that science is a Greek invention, so I trust that it will not seem inappropriate to honour a modern Greek scientist by briefly discussing the nature and role of his scientific career and his contributions to the world scientific community, thus pay a post-mortal tribute to a member of the modern Academy of Athens by considering his innovative work that would have interested the members of the original platonic Academy in Athens.


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