Dr. Dimitri Nanopoulos was born in Athens on 13th September 1948. He studied Physics at the University of Athens and he graduated in 1971. He continued his studies at the University of Sussex in England, where he got his Doctorate in 1973, in High Energy Physics. He has been a Research Fellow at the Center of European Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland and for many years he has been a staff member. He has also been a Research Fellow in Ecole Normale Superieure, in Paris, France and in Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. In 1989, he was elected professor at the Department of Physics, at Texas A&M University where since 1992 he is a Distinguished Professor of Physics and since 2002 he holds the Mitchell/Heep Chair in High Energy Physics. He is also a distinguished HARC fellow at the Houston Advanced Research Center, in Houston, Texas, USA. In 1997 he was appointed regular member of the Academy of Athens. In 2005 he was appointed President of the Greek National Council for Research and Technology, National representative of Greece to the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, CERN and to European Space Agency (ESA) too. In 2014 he was elected as Vice President of the Academy of Athens and was appointed as President elect for 2015.
He has made several contributions to particle physics and cosmology. He works in string unified theories, fundamentals of quantum theory, astroparticle physics and quantum-inspired models of brain function. He has written over 540 original papers, all published in peer-reviewed journals, with high impact factor, including 13 books. He has over 30,000 citations, placing him as the fourth (4th) most citied High Energy Physicist of all time according to the 2001 and 2004 census. Since 1988 he is fellow of the American Physical Society and since 1992 a member of the Italian Physical Society. In 1996, he was award the Commander of the Order of Honour of the Greek State.