Professor Xenophon Moussas

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Xenophon Moussas is a Professor of Space Physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He has a BSc in Physics (1971) and a PhD (1977) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has 40 years of experience in Space Physics working at the University of Athens and at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (formerly Senior Visiting Research Fellow for many years). He has written more than 110 articles in scientific journals and several textbooks on Space Physics, Astrophysics etc, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. One such honor was bestowed by NASA for his leadership in the multidisciplinary group endeavor of the Ulysses mission to space and back.

He is also a key individual in the “Antikythera Mechanism” Research Project. This mechanism was found in an underwater shipwreck off the coast of the Antikythera Island in the Mediterranean. This device is believed to have been designed by Greeks and is regarded as the world’s first computer, one that is able to predict astronomical positions, etc. It is a very important discovery, further highlighting the high level of scientific aptitude of the time. The device is currently on display at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and is its main attraction.