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Biographies of the Honored


The Founder of the foundation late professor Elias Mariolopoulos was born in Athens in 1900. He studied at the Universities of Athens, and he graduated from Cambridge (MSC), and Imperial College of Science and Technology (Diploma in Meteorology) and has obtained his Phd from the University of Paris (Docteur de l'Universite de Paris, Sciences, and Docteur es Sciences Phyisques).

Elias Mariolopoulos has work with the British and French Meteorological Services and has worked closely with the famous British Meteorologist Sir Napier Shaw. He was elected professor of Meteorology and Climatology at the Universities of Thessaloniki in 1928 and Athens in 1939, as Dean and Rector at the University of Athens and has served as Director of the National Observatory of Athens. He was elected vice President with the International Climate Committee (1928-1931), the International Committee for the Upper Atmosphere and the International Committee of the Agricultural Meteorology. He also served as President or member of numerous National and International Committees, Scientific Societies and Institutions.


Professor Elias G. Mariolopoulos.


In 1965 he was elected member of the Academy of Athens.



His large scientific work on the climate of Greece and on anthropogenic changes in the atmosphere has been widely recognized by the scientific community.

Professor Elias Mariolopoulos devoted his life to the advancement of Meteorological Science. He was member of the Academy of Athens, held the first University Chair of Meteorology established in Greece (Universities of Thessaloniki 1928 and Athens 1938). He was a close associate to Professor Sir Napier Shaw, one of the founders of modern meteorology and has received many decorations from various governments and their eminent representatives including President Charles de Gaulle. Professor Mariolopoulos is considered by the scientific community as the father of Greek modern Meteorology and Climatology.


The Rector Professor Elias Mariolopoulos.


The Meeting of the International Committee for the Upper Atmosphere (Leipzig, 1927). Sir Napier Shaw between representatives of Mediterranean Countries. Elias Mariolopoulos first on the left.

He has been elected Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, and awarded by the Academie des Sciences, Paris. He has been decorated with the highest distinction of the Holy Sepulchre, the French Officier de l' Academie and Officier de la Legion d' Honneur, the Egyptian Arab Value and many high Greek distinctions as well as the highest one.


Petros Kanaginis.


The distinguished agronomist Petros Kanaginis was born at the Island of Tinos in 1880 and died in 1947 in Athens. He studied at the Physics Department of the University of Athens (1898 - 1902) and acquired a state scholarship for studying at the Agronomic School of Genbloux in Belgium (1902-1905) where he graduated in excellence.

Kanaginis worked in the private sector as Director of large realties, such as the Zografia realties in Trikala, the Ammou and Karatsali realties in Veria where he successfully applied the first scientific rice growing method. In the public sector, he firstly worked as a Law Agronomist (1912) applying the first stages of agricultural politics, because he believed that giving the land performance to people who lack of property would help in the agricultural progress of the country and at the same time he introduced contemporary and more refined methods for farming.


Kanaginis was among the leaders for the development of colonization services for refugees from 1913 and later was appointed as Director of the Directorate of Colonization, where he served in collecting and restoring thousands of refugees firstly in Thrace and Eastern Macedonia in 1919 and later during the disaster of Asia Minor. Kanaginis was appointed as Director of Agriculture and Colonization and in 1924 as member of the mixed Committee for exchanging Greek and Turkish population.

Later in 1929 he was appointed as a Technical Consultant of the Minister of Agriculture and in 1936 he took on all the economic agricultural research in Greece, as well as the direction of all the Agriculture Foundations in the country. As a consultant to the Minister of Agriculture he handled the difficult case of the Kopaida Lake. Kanaginis participated in many Committees relevant to agriculture, determinant for the course of national history, such as the establishment of the Agricultural Bank of Greece, and the Higher Agricultural School of Athens among others. He also wrote many studies and articles concerning agriculture, such as The Communal Agronomist, Concerning Fallow, the Agronomical Research, Productive Works in Macedonia, Agronomical Direction and the Role of Agronomists, The Kopaida Issue, etc.

Kanaginis devoted his life in farming the land as a private occupation and in agronomical research and mainly in restoring landless farmers and homeless refugees as a public worker.

For his contribution in the public sector he has been appointed "Evareskia" by order of the President of the Hellenic Republic, as well as the "Cross of the Taxiarches of the Order of King George I".


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