President Anastasiades honoured Professor George Efstathiou who received the 2013 Nemitsas Award in Physics, President Anastasiades said “we have the opportunity and the honour to award one Cypriot prodigy”, renowned Professor George Petros Efstathiou, a brilliant Cosmologist, who at a very young age embarked on a distinguished academic career at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities, as a professor of astronomy and astrophysics.

He said George Efstathiou is renowned in international scientific circles for his pioneering use of computer simulations of structure formation in the universe.

The Cypriot scientist’s family immigrated to England in the 1950s and “his work gave the first indications of a hitherto invisible force, so-called “dark energy”. He has researched the traces of radiation left over from the birth of the cosmos and discovered that our Universe is part of a much greater structure”.

President Anastasiades said Efstathiou founded and is a director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, which is one of the most important of its kind in the world and has already been awarded three prestigious international honours in the field of Cosmology.

He also praised the work of the Foundation, as well as Takis and Louki Nemitsas’ generosity for bestowing upon the Republic of Cyprus the Foundation, including all of their movable and immovable property. Since its establishment in 2009, the Takis and Louki Nemitsas Foundation has been awarding scholarships to Cypriot scientists whose research elicits inventions, discoveries and improvements “which would bear great benefit to Cyprus and thus to the whole world”, as stated  in the Aims of the Foundation.

President Anastasiades said that “in such difficult times as our country is experiencing, these undertakings are an invaluable contribution to our efforts to rebuild our economy and adjust our strength in face of the situation we are enduring”.

He expressed hope that “in a year’s time, when we award the 5th Nemitsas Prize honouring another worthy child of our homeland, we will be able to speak with more certainty and confidence about the future of our country and people”.

According to the book Greek Cypriots Worldwide published by Michael Yiakoumi,  Professor George Efstathiou is born in London and his parents are from Achna in Cyprus he attended Somerset School in Tottenham then Keble College at the University of Oxford and Durham University he also has a brother Stathi who is a senior lecturer in Pathology at Cambridge University.

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