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Professor Loucas G. Christophorou obtained a BSc degree in Physics in 1960 from the University of Athens, Greece and PhD and DSc degrees in Physics from the University of Manchester, England. Since 1963 he worked for many years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the USA. From 2001 he is a Permanent Member of the Academy of Athens, Greece, where he directs the Office of Research in Experimental Physics and chairs the Academy’s Energy Committee.

His researches cover over five decades and deal with Atomic and Molecular Radiation Physics, and Chemical, Electron and Plasma Physics; they unraveled and quantified many new phenomena accompanying the interaction of radiation with matter. His researches on the fundamental interactions of photons, ions and especially slow electrons with atoms, molecules (excited and unexcited), and on materials for plasma and energy technologies have had worldwide impact and formed the basis of many technologies, foremost in radiation detection, plasma processing, gaseous dielectrics, environment and energy. He is the author/editor of 30 books and the author/co-author of about 400 research papers in these areas.

Among Professor Christophorou’s books are: Atomic and Molecular Radiation Physics (Wiley-Interscience, New York, 1971); Electron-Molecule Interactions and Their Applications (Academic Press, New York, 1984); Linking the Gaseous and the Condensed Phases of Matter: The Behavior of Slow Electrons (Plenum Press, New York, 1994); Electron Interactions with Excited Atoms and Molecules (Advances in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 44, 155-293 (2000); Fundamental Electron Interactions with Plasma Processing Gases (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press, New York, 2004); and Energy and Civilization (Academy of Athens, 2011.

He lectured extensively in the USA, Europe and Japan, contributed to university education, promoted scientific collaboration internationally, and interacted with World and EU Academies of Science and Councils.