|Dionysios P. Simopoulos|
8 March 1943 |
Eugenides PlanetariumLASC Planetarium
|Alma mater||Louisiana State University|
1996 IPS Service Award
2006 Palmes Académiques2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Hellenic Physics Society
Dionysis Simopoulos (Greek: Διονύσης Σιμόπουλος, born 8 March 1943) is a contemporary Greek physicist and astronomer, who excelled as an astronomy educator and science populariser in the print and electronic media of Greece.
Dionysios P. Simopoulos was born in Ioannina, Greece, (origins from Gryllos, near Olympia, Elis) although he actually grew up in Patras. He studied Political Communication and Astrophysics (January 1963 - December 1972) at the Departments of Government and Speech, Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During that period he received several awards and honours in various Public speaking and debating competitions. He is married (1968) to Karen Louise Peterson and they have a daughter (1974) and two sons (1976, 1978).
He started working in January 1968 and served as an Associate Curator (January–September 1968), as Assistant Director of Education (September 1968-September 1969), and Planetarium Director (September 1969-March 1973) at the Louisiana Arts and Science Center in Baton Rouge, and as a Special Advisor to the Science Committee of the School Board (1970–1973). In October 1972 he was invited to return to Athens by the Eugenides Foundation where he works ever since as the Director of the Eugenides Planetarium (April 1973–present). He has taught in many seminars for university graduates and business executives as an instructor of communication, decision making and problem solving. He has actively attended numerous professional conferences and seminars and has published hundreds of articles in Greek and foreign magazines and newspapers.
He served as the President of the European Association for Astronomy Education (1994–2002), as a member of the Executive Council of the International Planetarium Society (1978–2008) and as the Secretary General of the European-Mediterranean Planetarium Association (1976–2008). He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (since 1978) and the International Planetarium Society (since 1980) and holds memberships in many other international scientific organizations. In 1996 he received the highest honor (IPS Service Award) of the International Planetarium Society for his contribution to the international astronomy education, and in 2006 he was honored with the Palmes Académiques of the French Republic. In 2012 the Hellenic Physics Society (EEF) honored him with a special lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the popularization of science in Greece.
He has written more than 500 scripts for science shows and documentary series for the Greek PBS System (ERT), such as "Red Giants - White Dwarfs”, "Explorers", “The Pathways of the Stars", "Tilegnoseis", "Windows to the Universe", etc. He has written over 250 Planetarium show scripts, two sets of scripts (30 and 24 episodes) for special Video Lessons on astronomy and space science (for the Greek Ministry of Education ), a series of four CD-ROMs on astronomy, and has delivered more than 500 lectures on science and Astrophysics all over Greece.
He served as a Science Collaborator for the newspapers Vradyni (1970–1975), Sunday Eleftherotypia (1990–1992), Sunday Ethnos (1993–2010) and for the magazines Georama-Experiment (1995–2005), Erevnites ( Kathimerini, 1999–2004), PCWorld (2004–2007) and GEOtropio ( Eleftherotypia, 2000–2010). He was also a member of the Editorial Board of the IPS Journal The Planetarian (1978–2008), has authored a series of six books for young people titled "The Secrets of the Universe" (Erevnites) and a series of 18 books for the Planetarium shows ( Eugenides Foundation ).
- The Birth of the Stars, Athens: Erevnites, 1996, 104 pp. (ISBN 978-960-368-022-2)
- The Death of the Stars, Athens: Erevnites, 1997, 102 pp.
- Planets and Satellites, Athens: Erevnites, 1999, 104 pp.
- At the Earth's Neighbourhood, Athens: Erevnites, 2001, 112 pp.
- The Discovery of the Galaxies, Athens: Erevnites, 2003, 112 pp. (ISBN 978-960-368-287-5)
- Cosmic Odyssey, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2003, 64 pp.
- Voyage without an End, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2004, 120 pp.
- New Horizons, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2005, 120 pp.
- Genesis and Cataclysm, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2006, 120 pp.
- Black Holes, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2006, 120 pp.
- The Star of Christmas, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2006, 120 pp.
- The Dance of the Planets, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2007, 64 pp.
- The Pathway of the Sun, Athens: ELTA, Hellenic Post, 2007, 120 pp.
- From the Earth to the Moon, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2007, 120 pp.
- The Violent Universe, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2008, 120 pp.
- The 7 Wonders of the Cosmos, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2008, 140 pp.
- The Biography of the Universe, Athens: Erevnites, 2008, 112 pp. (ISBN 978-960-368-438-1)
- Death of the Stars, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2009, 120 pp.
- The Great Adventure, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2009, 128 pp.
- The Day Star, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2010, 120 pp.
- Windows to the Universe, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2011, 120 pp.
- Evolution, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2011, 120 pp.
- The Mystery of Life, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2012, 120 pp.
- Ancient Skies, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2012, 120 pp.
- The Living Planet, Athens: Eugenides Foundation, 2013, 120 pp.
- Video "Greek Science Centers: Eugenides Planetarium" (52:00), ERT Archives, 1983
- Video "Creating Tomorrow: Dionysis Simopoulos" (29:00), ERT Archives, 2001
- Video "Like a Fairy Tale: The Kingdom of Heaven" (55:00) ERT Archives, 2006
- Video "Diaries: Dionysis Simopoulos, George Babiniotis, Dimitri Trichopoulos" (46:00), ERT Archives, 2007
- Video "Monogram: Dionysis Simopoulos" (28:00) ΕΤ-1, 2009
- Eugenides Foundation