Menas Kafatos

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Menas C. Kafatos
Born (1945-03-25) March 25, 1945 (age 77)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD)
Cornell University (BA)
SpouseSusan Yang
AwardsHonorary Member, Romanian Academy of Sciences (2000), Rustum Roy Award, Chopra Foundation (2011), IEEE Orange County Chapter, Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award (2011)
Scientific career
FieldsCosmology, Natural hazards, Climate change, Spirituality, Philosophy
InstitutionsChapman University, Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations (CEESMO)
InfluencesNiels Bohr, John von Neumann, Philip Morrison, Mihai Draganescu

Menas C. Kafatos (Greek: Μηνάς Καφάτος; born 25 March 1945) is a Greek-born American physicist and a writer on spirituality and science. His publications include: The Nonlocal Universe and The Conscious Universe. Kafatos has written and lectured extensively promoting discourse between science, spirituality, and religion. He has held numerous positions at institutions including Chapman University, George Mason University, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.


Kafatos received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1967 and a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1972.[1] After postdoctoral work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, he joined George Mason University and was University Professor of Interdisciplinary Sciences from 1984-2008, where he also served as Dean of the School of Computational Sciences and Director of the Center for Earth Observing and Space Research.[1] He and a team of computational scientists joined Chapman University in the fall of 2008, where he was the Founding Dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology serving as dean from 2009 – 2012.[1] He currently is the director of the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations (CEESMO).

Kafatos has authored books including The Conscious Universe, The Non-local Universe (with Robert Nadeau, Springer-Verlag and Oxford University Press), Principles of Integrative Science (with Mihai Draganescu, Romanian Academy of Sciences Press), and more than 300 peer reviewed publications, cited by over 750 other articles.[2]

Menas was one of the speakers in Bhagavad Gita Summit (from 10–1 December 2021) during Gita Jayanti at Dallas, Texas, US along with other notable personalities such as Swami Mukundananda Ji, Mr. Shiv Khera, Kiran Bedi, Brahmacharini Gloria Arieira, Dantu Muralikrishna and others.[3][4]


Kafatos' peer-reviewed research has focused on cosmology, astrophysics, natural hazards, climate change, Earth system science, and remote sensing. Although he has written books around meta-physical interpretations of quantum phenomena he does not have substantial peer-reviewed work in quantum physics.[5]

Notable scientific contributions include enhancements to synthetic tropical cyclone (hurricane) circulations used in forecast models,[6] new perspectives on the self organization of the universe through the lens of complexity,[7][8] a detailed look at the relationship between vegetation in the United States and El Niño/Southern Oscillation,[9] and a better understanding of dust and aerosols over India.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Kafatos lives in Marina Del Rey, CA with his wife Susan Yang, a scientist in the fields of computational biology, experimental biology, and neuroscience. They met while working together at George Mason University. His brother, Fotis Kafatos, was a biologist and founder and Honorary President of the European Research Council (ERC). Kafatos has 3 children: Lefteris, Stefanos, and Alexios. He is the Chairman of the Board for the American Hellenic Council.

Awards and honors[edit]


  • 1986 George Mason University Distinguished Faculty Award
  • 2011 Chopra Foundation Spirit of Rustum Roy Award
  • 2011 IEEE Orange County Chapter Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Kafatos, Menas. "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  2. ^ "Microsoft Academic Search". Menas Kafatos. Microsoft. Archived from the original on 2014-05-29. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
  3. ^ "JKYog Bhagavad Gita Summit | RKTemple". Radha Krishna Temple.
  4. ^ "Renowned speakers from all over world to attend JKYog Bhagavad Gita Summit".
  5. ^ "Google Scholar".
  6. ^ Ma, Yimin; Kafatos, Menas; Davidson, Noel E. (July 2012). "Surface pressure profiles, vortex structure and initialization for hurricane prediction. Part I: analysis of observed and synthetic structures". Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics. 117 (1–2): 5–23. Bibcode:2012MAP...117....5M. doi:10.1007/s00703-012-0190-z. S2CID 119388579.
  7. ^ Theise, N.D.; Kafatos, M. (2013). "Sentience Everywhere: Complexity Theory, Panpsychism & the Role of Sentience in Self-Organization of the Universe". Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research. 4 (4): 378–390. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  8. ^ Theise, N.D.; Kafatos, M. (2013). "Complementarity in biological systems: a complexity view". Complexity. 18 (6): 11–20. Bibcode:2013Cmplx..18f..11T. doi:10.1002/cplx.21453.
  9. ^ Zuotao, Li; Kaftatos, Menas (2000). "Interannual Variability of Vegetation in the United States and Its Relation to El Niño/Southern Oscillation". Remote Sens. Environ. 71 (3): 239–247. Bibcode:2000RSEnv..71..239L. CiteSeerX doi:10.1016/S0034-4257(99)00034-6.
  10. ^ Gautam, R; Hsu, NC; Lau, K.M.; Kafatos, M (September 2009). "Aerosol and rainfall variability over the Indian monsoon region: distributions, trends and coupling". Annales Geophysicae. 27 (9): 3691–3703. Bibcode:2009AnGeo..27.3691G. doi:10.5194/angeo-27-3691-2009.
  11. ^ El-Askary, Hesham; Gautam, R.; Singh, R.P.; Kafatos, M. (2006). "Dust storms detection over the Indo-Gangetic basin using multi sensor data". Advances in Space Research. 37 (4): 728–733. Bibcode:2006AdSpR..37..728E. doi:10.1016/j.asr.2005.03.134.

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