The greatest Greek mathematician right after Karatheodoris
He was born in 1952 and grew up in Argostoli. The most famous teacher at his 18 he left for Great Britain since for various reasons he did not get into the National Technical University of Athens. Nevertheless he has now become an honorary Doctor of Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences, NTUA – he has been voted Honorary Doctorate at the University of Crete and Patras.
Started in London studying aeronautics, with his sole purpose of vocational rehabilitation but his greatest love was always mathematics. He has graduated honorably and it was then that he won his first prize. Right after he had a PhD in applied mathematics. Later he was interested in medical science, and so he deservedly graduated also from medical school in the U.S.
He was appointed to the newly inaugurated Chair in Nonlinear Mathematical Science at the University of Cambridge, UK(2002) and at the Chair of Applied Mathematics of Imperial College London (1996). He is an aeronautical, distinguished mathematician, physicist and physician. He has given over 220 lectures at seminars and international conferences.
In 2000 he received the «Nylon» prize by the London Mathematical Society. The news agency «Associated Press» University and the Imperial College described the prize as equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the field of Applied Mathematics.
In 2004 he was awarded the Aristeion Prize in Sciences of the Academy of Athens where he was elected a full member, couple of months later. In January 2005 he was presented with the decoration of the Commander of the Order of Phoenix by the President of the Hellenic Republic and. Also in 2005 he was elected as Professional Fellow of Clare Hall College, Cambridge. The Clarkson University so as to honour his scientific contribution they introduced a series of lectures entitled «The Fokas Distinguished Lecture Series».
Since 2006 he is an honorary doctorate at the University of Athens, and he has recently been awarded the Excellence Foundation Bodossakis, along with D. Christodoulou. Furthermore, he is a member of several scientific committees and co-publisher and editorial board member of many distinguished journals. It is worth mentioning about his position as Chairman of the Board of Supervisory at the National Library.