P. Varotsos attending a lecture at University Of Athens, Greece (2008)
Panayiotis Varotsos (Greek: Παναγιώτης Βαρώτσος, born November 28, 1947 in Patras) is a Greekphysicist and former professor in the Department of Physics of the University of Athens, notable for his VAN method to predict earthquakes. His group claims the ability to identify electromagnetic signals that are precursors to earthquakes. They suggest the precursors are generated by electricity from piezo-stimulated effects in rocks being stressed just prior to the earthquake rupture. Onassis Foundation Laureate for the Environment (1995). Also awarded by the Academy of Athens (1978) and Empeirikion Foundation (1986). In 2016 the Union of Greek Physicists honoured him for his work with a prize awarded by the President of Greece.
P.A. Varotsos & K.D. Alexopoulos (1985). Thermodynamics of Point Defects and their relation with the bulk properties. Elsevier Science Ltd (North Holland). ISBN0444869441.
P. Varotsos (2005). The Physics of Seismic Electric Signals. Tokyo: TerraPub. ISBN4887041365.
P. Varotsos; N. Sarlis & E. Skordas (2011). Natural time analysis : the new view of time ; Precursory seismic electric signals, earthquakes and other complex time series. Springer Praxis. ISBN364216448-X.