TEACHING / RESEARCH PERSONNEL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
NON-LINEAR DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, LORENZ AND RIEMANN GEOMETRIES, AND APPLICATIONS OF THESE EQUATIONS IN GENERAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY AND TOPOLOGY
Demetrios Christodoulou has made fundamental scientific contributions in the area of Differential Equations and the General Theory of Relativity. In his PhD he had already conceived the basic idea that later trigged S. Hawking, J. Bekenstein and others to form theories on black hole thermodynamics as well as on the Hawking radiation.
In the context of the General Theory of Relativity he has proved (in collaboration with S. Kleinerman) the nonlinear stability of the Minkowski space-time in which we live and has also established strict theorems related to the black holes formation. Finally, his projects of the Theory of Differential Equations, besides their added value for Mathematics in general, they are also particularly important for the understanding of fluids behavior.
Asian Mathematics Nobel to the Greek Intellectual
THE RESEARCH OF PROFESSOR D. CHRISTODOULOU
Demetrios Christodoulou is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and has been awarded the title of the Emeritus Professor from the University of Athens in 1996, the National Technical University of Athens in 2000, Brown University in 2001, the University of Cyprus in 2003, the Aristotle University in 2010 and the University of Crete in 2011.
He has received many international awards and is considered to be one of the greatest Greek mathematicians of the last forty years. Before taking up his present position as professor at ETH in Zurich, he was teaching for many years at Princeton University as well as to other major American Universities. His innovative research and published work is known to the international scientific community. The following monographs are a representative sample of Professor’s D. Christodoulou work:
1. “The Global Nonlinear Stability of Minkowski Space” (co authored by S. Kleinerman). Princeton University Press (1994).
2. “The Action Principle and Partial Differential Equations”. Princeton University Press (1999).
3. “The Formation of Shocks in 3-dimensional Fluids”. European Mathematical Society (2007).
4. “Black Holes in General Relativity”. European Mathematical Society (2009).
THE ‘SHAW PRIZE’ AWARD
In June 2011, Demetrios Christodoulou shared with the mathematician Richard Hamilton the «Shaw Prize» award of Asia in Mathematics, which is as globally recognized as the Nobel Prize. The «Shaw» prizes were established in 2002 and consist of three annual awards: the Prize in Astronomy, the Prize in Life Science and Medicine and the Prize in Mathematical Sciences.
He has also been awarded with:
- the ‘Βοcher Memorial Prize’ (1999) the most important prize of the American Mathematical Society in the analysis sector,
- the ‘Tomalla Prize’ (2008) for the general theory of relativity and gravity,
- the ‘Otto Hahn Medal’ award (1981) in Mathematical Physics.
EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF THE:
NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
Demetrios Christodoulou, Mathematician, Physicist and Intellectual of Scientific Ideas.