Dear CESRA Colleagues,
Costas Alissandrakis has informed me about the passing of Costas
so I have sad news to distribute:
Professor Costas Caroubalos passed away at home on December 4th;
he was 93. A pioneer solar radio astronomer, Costas was born in
Patras in 1928. Still a boy, he was active in the resistance
against the Nazi occupation. He received his degree in Physics in
1953, his Msc in electronics in 1955 and his PhD in 1963, from the
University of Athens. Working in France (1960-1964), at the space
department of the Meudon observatory, he obtained his doctorat
d’état in 1964. Back to France in 1967, during the period of the
dictatorship in Greece, until he was elected professor of
Electronics at the University of Athens in 1975.
Among his outstanding contributions are his study of geophysical
effects of solar energetic particles, the measurement of
directivity of burst emissions (project Stereo-I, with J.L
Steinberg), the discovery of N-bursts and the development of
radio-spectrographs such as RSMN in France and ARTEMIS in Greece.
An excellent teacher, Costas educated thousands of students in
electronics, teaching well after his retirement.
He will be remembered not only for his achievements, but also for
his ardent devotion to research and teaching, his enthusiasm his
humor, his humanitarian qualities, and his gentle character.