Feb 19, 2020

In 2020, we have 4 LDFIETIs (Laureate Distinguished Fellows of IETI), 2 of them are listed in this page.

Prof. Dr. Steve Smale (Fields Medal Laureate in 1966 and Wolf Prize Laureate in 2007), University of California, Berkeley , USA

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Stephen Smale, American mathematician who was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 for his work on topology in higher dimensions. In 1960 Smale obtained his two most famous mathematical results. First he constructed a function, now known as the horseshoe, that serves as a paradigm for chaos. Next Smale proved the generalized Poincaré conjecture for all dimensions greater than or equal to five. (The classical conjecture states that a simply connected closed three-dimensional manifold is a three-dimensional sphere, a set of points in four-dimensional space at the same distance from the origin.) The two-dimensional version of this theorem (the two-dimensional sphere is the surface of a common sphere in three-dimensional space) was established in the 19th century, and the three-dimensional version was established at the start of the 21st century. Smale’s work was remarkable in that he bypassed dimensions three and four to resolve the problem for all higher dimensions. In 1961 he followed up with the h-cobordism theorem, which became the fundamental tool for classifying different manifolds in higher-dimensional topology. In 1965 Smale took a six-month hiatus from mathematical research to join radical activist Jerry Rubin in establishing the first campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience directed at ending U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Smale’s mathematical and political lives collided the following year at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Moscow, where he received the Fields Medal. There Smale held a controversial press conference in which he criticized the actions of both the U.S. and Soviet governments. Smale’s mathematical work is notable for both its breadth and depth, reaching the areas of topology, dynamical systems, economics, nonlinear analysis, mechanics, and computation. In 1994 Smale retired from the University of California at Berkeley and then joined the faculty of the City University of Hong Kong. In 2007 he was awarded the Wolf Prize in Mathematics.

Prof. Dr. Christos S. Zerefos (Contributing to Nobel Prize in Peace 2007 for the IPCC), Academy of Athens, Greece

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Ηas received a number of internationally recognized awards, among which the title of Emeritus Professor of the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2018), the “Ioan Ursu” Medal of Honor of the Balkan Physical Union (2018), “Honorary Member” of the International Ozone Commission (2016), the Honorary Doctorate Degree, University of Patras (2016), the Yoram Kaufman Award of the American Geophysical Union (2015), the French Government Decoration “Commandeur dans l’ordre de Palmes académiques“ (2015), the Blaise Pascal Medal, European Academy of Sciences (2015), Award of the Balkan Physical Union (2015), Medal of the City of Athens (2010), Professor Emeritus of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2010), the Gold Medal of the City of Thessaloniki (2008), the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, University Division of the American College ANATOLIA, Thessaloniki (2008), Award Certificate and Letter from UNEP and from IPCC for his substantial contribution to the reports of IPCC, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the former Vice President of USA, Al Gore (2008), Fellow, Institute of Physics (2002), UNEP Honourable Mentions (2013, 1999, 1995), Editors Award for Excellence in Refereeing, American Geophysical Union (1998), Global Ozone Award, UNEP on the 10th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol (1997). Reviewer, IPCC “Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)”, Field et al., Cambridge, UK, 582 pp. (2012). Review Editor, Chapter 5: Solar Ultraviolet Irradiance at the Ground, IPCC “Aviation & the Global Atmosphere” Report, Switzerland (1998). In the past 20 years has acted as author, contributor or reviewer in almost all WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessments of Ozone Depletion.