Cleanthes A. Nicolaides



Professor of Physics, Physics Department, National Technical University, Athens, Greece, 


Adjunct Researcher, Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute, National Hellenic Research Foundation, 48 Vas. Constantinou Ave., Athens 11635, Greece


A biographical note

Current Research Interests and Publications





A biographical note


Cleanthes A. Nicolaides (CAN) was born in Athens on December 31, 1946, to Anthony and Anastasia Nicolaides. 

Anthony Nicolaides was born on the island of Cos, when it was under Turkish occupation. He left for the USA during World War I, where he finished high school in Massachussets. He returned to Greece in the early 1920s, where he studied and practiced Law. Anastasia Nicolaides (maiden name: Gregoriou) was born in the town of Pergamos, Asia Minor. When a child, she came to Athens as a refugee, after the 1922 war between Greece and Turkey. She studied education and worked at Arsakeion, a school for girls.

CAN has one daughter, Ifigenia C. Nicolaides,  born in Athens on September 13, 1992.

CAN obtained his Gymnasium diploma from Athens College in June 1965 and continued his University studies in the USA. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. in June 1968 and his Ph.D. in theoretical chemical physics from Yale University, New Haven, Conn., in June 1971. (Research advisor: Prof. O. Sinanoglu).  He continued on the faculty of Yale, first as a Lecturer and then as an Assistant Professor in the department of Engineering and Applied Science until 1975. At that time, he accepted an offer from the National Hellenic Research Foundation of Athens, to become the director of the then established Theoretical Chemistry Institute. He started in this position in October of 1976, after spending a year  as a Nordita visiting Professor at the Research Institute for Physics of Stockholm.  

(Click here for photographs of CAN with Donald Beck and the late Hugh Kelly.)

Under his direction, (until January of 1995), the institute in Athens (Theoretical and Physical Chemistry) developed in theoretical as well as in experimental directions. Regarding his own research, he has trained and collaborated with many young scientists in a variety of subjects of theoretical chemistry and atomic and molecular physics.

In 1984 he was elected  Professor of Physics at the University of Crete and in 1987 was elected Professor of Atomic and Molecular Physics at the National Technical University of Athens, where he is teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. He also works at the TPCI as a distinguished adjunct researcher.

In the past three decades, CAN has given numerous lectures at scientific meetings and at Universitites of Europe, USA, Israel and China. In 1980-81 he returned to Amherst College as a visiting Professor of Physics while he has since spent short periods as a visiting scientist at MIT, Harvard, Michigan Tech. Univ. (USA), Imperial College (UK), CNRS (Orsay, France) and Univ.Tromso (Norway). 


Current Research Interests and Publications

CAN has authored and coauthored over 270 scientific papers in journals and in books . The bulk of his research work deals with the development and implementation of state-specific theories of the electronic structure and properties of atoms and of small molecules, with emphasis on excited states in the discrete and in the continuous spectrum, in the absence or presence of weak or strong electromagnetic fields. 

For the abstracts of characteristic recent publications click here (2.08 MB pdf document)

Three books, results of international meetings in Greece, have been coedited by CAN [click for titles]

The list which follows gives the titles of the articles that were published during the past decade of 1991-2001, in collaboration with Y.Komninos, Th.Mercouris and E.Simandiras of the NHRF staff, with M.Bylicki of the Univ.of Torun, and with V.Constantoudis, S.Dionissopoulou, C.Haritos, N.Piangos, Ch.Sinanis and S.Themelis, as part of their Ph.D. work. These articles cover topics of Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics and of Quantum Chemistry, such as :



   Publications during  1991-2001



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