Demetrios Christodoulou is a mathematician and physicist born in Athens, Greece in 1951. He holds dual Greek and U.S. ctizenship. He first studied physics at Princeton obtaining his Ph.D in 1971. In the period 1977-1981, while in Germany and France , he turned to the study of mathematics. On returning to the U.S., after a visiting membership 1981-1983 at the Courant Institute, he went to Syracuse University, first as an associate professor of physics, becoming Professor of Mathematics in 1985. He returned to Courant in 1988 as Professor of Mathematics, a position which he held until 1988, at which time he moved to Princeton as Professor of Mathematics and remained in this position until 2001. In 2001 he moved to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich as Professor of Mathematics and Physics and completed there his career in 2017. Demetrios Christodoulou was awarded the MacArthur Fellows Award in 1993, the AMS Bocher Prize in 1999, the Tomala prize in gravitation in 2008, and the Shaw Prize in Mathematical Science in 2011. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2001, of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences since 2012, and of the Academia Europaea since 2016.

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Demetrios Christodoulou studies partial differential equations, in particular non-linear systems of equations of hyperbolic type, with emphasis on applications to general relativity theory and to the mechanics of compressible fluids.

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Section 11: Mathematics

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Section 13: Physics