University Of Athens

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Athens. The list includes people like Nikos Kazantzakis, Alexis Tsipras, Constantine II of Greece, Eleftherios Venizelos & Prokopis Pavlopoulos. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as leaders, intellectuals & academics, writers, miscellaneous and lawyers & judges etc.
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Nikos Kazantzakis
(One of the Most Important Figures of Modern Greek Literature, Best Known for His Work 'Zorba the Greek')
Nikos Kazantzakis
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 2, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece
Died: October 26, 1957

Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer whose works earned him nine nominations for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. Regarded as a giant of modern Greek literature, Kazantzakis achieved international fame when his works, such as The Life And Times Of Alexis Zorba and The Last Temptation of Christ, were adapted into feature films. 

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Constantine II of Greece
(Last King of Greece, from 6 March 1964 Until the Abolition of Greek Monarchy on 1 June 1973)
Constantine II of Greece
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Birthdate: June 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Psychiko, Greece

Constantine II of Greece reigned as the King of the Hellenes from 1964 until 1973 when the Greek monarchy was abolished. His reign culminated in the Greek junta and the former King of Greece was forced into exile when the countercoup against the junta failed. Constantine is also a former sailor who won an Olympic gold in the 1960 Olympics.

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Georgios Papanikolaou
(Physician, Oncologist)
Georgios Papanikolaou
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 13, 1883
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kymi
Died: February 19, 1962

Georgios Papanikolaou was a Greek physician who was a pioneer in early cancer detection. He reported that uterine cancer cells could be detected in vaginal smears as early as 1928, but his work did not receive much attention until the 1940s. He invented the Papanicolaou test, commonly known as the Pap smear or Pap test for cervical screening.  

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Stavros Niarchos
(Greek Billionaire Shipping Tycoon Known For Constructing the World’s Largest Oil Supertanker)
Stavros Niarchos
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 3, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: April 15, 1996

Stavros Niarchos was a Greek shipping tycoon who was credited for building the world's biggest supertankers. He is also credited with founding an international shipping company named Niarchos Ltd. Niarchos is also remembered for his love for horses. A renowned thoroughbred horse breeder and racer, Stavros Niarchos was often ranked number one on the breed list in France.

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Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch
(46th patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church)
Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bečej, Serbia
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Alexis Tsipras
(Former Prime Minister of Greece and the Current Opposition Leader)
Alexis Tsipras
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Athens

Alexis Tsipras is a Greek politician who served as the Prime Minister of the country from 2015 to 2019. From 2018 to 2019, he served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The current Leader of the Opposition, Alexis Tsipras has also been serving as the president of Syriza, the left wing political party in Greece . In 2015, he was named among 100 most influential people by Time.

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Nicos Anastasiades
(7th President of Cyprus)
Nicos Anastasiades
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pera Pedi, Cyprus
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Prokopis Pavlopoulos
(Politician, Lawyer, University teacher)
Prokopis Pavlopoulos
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kalamata

New Democracy member Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who has served as the president of Greece, is also a former minister of the interior. Born to a teacher, he initially studied law and then served in the Hellenic Army, before eventually joining the faculty of law at the University of Athens.

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Nikolaos Michaloliakos
(politician, writer)
Nikolaos Michaloliakos
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Athens

Nikolaos Michaloliakos is a Greek politician best known for founding and leading the far-right political party Golden Dawn. A convicted criminal, Michaloliakos and 67 other political leaders from his party, were found guilty by the Athens Appeals Court of leading a criminal organization.

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Georgios Papandreou
(Politician, Economist, Diplomat, Lawyer)
Georgios Papandreou
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 13, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kalentzi
Died: November 1, 1968

Georgios Papandreou was a Greek politician who served as the Prime Minister of Greece on three occasions between 1944 and 1965. Papandreou, whose illustrious political career spanned over 50 years, is also credited with founding the Papandreou political dynasty. Georgios Papandreou was also counted among the best orators in Greece.

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Anna Vissi
(Greek Cypriot Pop Singer Known for Winning the Thessaloniki Song Festival in 1977)
Anna Vissi
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Larnaca, Cyprus

A Greek music icon, Anna Vissi had started training in music at age 6 and won her first talent contest at age 12. Born in Cyprus, the singer later moved to Athens and also briefly studied law. After soaring to fame with Eurovision, she gradually became one of Greece’s best-selling artists ever.

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Andreas Papandreou
(Prime minister of Greece from 1981 to 1989 and from 1993 to 1996)
Andreas Papandreou
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Birthdate: February 5, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chios, Greece
Died: June 23, 1996

Andreas Papandreou was a Greek politician and economist. An influential political figure, Papandreou is credited with founding PASOK, a political party which he led between 1974 and 1996. Andreas Papandreou also served as the Prime Minister of Greece on two occasions. He is also remembered for popularizing turtleneck sweaters among his political supporters, causing an uproar among his political foes. 

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Konstantinos Karamanlis
(President of Greece from 1990 to 1995)
Konstantinos Karamanlis
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 8, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Proti, Greece
Died: April 23, 1998

Konstantinos Karamanlis had been a 2-time president and 4-time prime minister of Greece. A qualified lawyer, he stepped into politics with the Populist Party and held important cabinet posts, such as that of the minister of labor. His efforts led to Greece joining the European Economic Community.

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Odysseas Elytis
(Greek Poet and Essayist)
Odysseas Elytis
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 2, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece
Died: March 18, 1996

Odysseas Elytis was a Greek poet, translator, and essayist. He is widely regarded as one of the most popular and important exponents of romantic modernism of his generation. He is also one of the most celebrated poets of the latter half of the 20th century. Odysseas Elytis was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1979.

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Konstantinos Mitsotakis
(Former Prime Minister of Greece (1990 - 1993))
Konstantinos Mitsotakis
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 18, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Halepa, Greece
Died: May 29, 2017

Konstantinos Mitsotakis was a Greek politician who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on two occasions; from 1980 to 1981 and then in 1992. From 1990 to 1993, he also served as the Prime Minister of Greece. Konstantinos Mitsotakis is also credited with nurturing his son Kyriakos Mitsotakis' political career, who is the current Prime Minister of Greece.

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Christos Papadimitriou
(Writer, Mathematician, Computer scientist, University teacher)
Christos Papadimitriou
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Athens

One of the world’s most prominent computer science theorists, Christos Papadimitriou is also a professor at Columbia University. Best known for his research on computational complexity, he has also contributed to areas such as the theory of evolution, game theory, robotics, and economics. He has taught at Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, too.

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Cornelius Castoriadis
(Greek-French Philosopher and Social Critic Known for Co-founding the Group 'Socialisme ou Barbarie')
Cornelius Castoriadis
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Birthdate: March 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Died: December 26, 1997

Cornelius Castoriadis was a Greek-French philosopher, economist, social critic, and psychoanalyst. He is known as a co-founder of the Socialisme ou Barbarie group. An influential author in both academic and activist circles, he was the author of The Imaginary Institution of Society. Later in life, he joined the faculty of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).

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Konstantinos Stephanopoulos
(President of Greece from 1995 to 2005)
Konstantinos Stephanopoulos
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 15, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Patras, Greece
Died: November 20, 2016

Konstantinos Stephanopoulos was a Greek politician best remembered for serving two successive terms as the nation's president from 1995 to 2005. One of the most honored and respected politicians, Konstantinos Stephanopoulos was known for his gentlemanly behavior, one to keep a low-key profile even during his presidency. 

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Karolos Papoulias
(Politician, Jurist-consultant, Partisan, Diplomat, Volleyball player)
Karolos Papoulias
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ioannina

Karolos Papoulias was a Greek politician who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on two occasions; from 1985 to 1989 and again from 1993 to 1996. An influential and popular politician, Karolos Papoulias also served as Greece's President from 2005 to 2015.

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Manos Hadjidakis
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Manos Hadjidakis
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 23, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Xanthi
Died: June 15, 1994

Legendary Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis was one of the prominent figures of Éntekhno orchestral music and was one of the first to popularize the rebetika genre. His Greek movie score Ta Pediá tou Pireá, or Never on Sunday, was the first foreign-language film track to win an Academy Award.

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C. L. Max Nikias
(Engineer)
C. L. Max Nikias
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: September 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cyprus
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Amfilohije Radovic
(Priest)
Amfilohije Radovic
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montenegro
Died: October 30, 2020
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Steve Mizerak
(American Pool Player)
Steve Mizerak
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 29, 2006
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Doukissa Nomikou
(TV presenter)
Doukissa Nomikou
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Birthdate: November 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Konstantin Miladinov
(Poet)
Konstantin Miladinov
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1830 AD
Birthplace: Struga, North Macedonia
Died: January 18, 1862
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Dimitris Avramopoulos
(Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece)
Dimitris Avramopoulos
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Dimitris Avramopoulos is a Greek politician who has served in several high-level cabinet posts, including the Mayor of Athens, Minister for National Defence, Minister for Tourism, and Minister for Foreign Affairs. Dimitris Avramopoulos also had a successful career as a diplomat and also worked as former Prime Minister of Greece Konstantinos Mitsotakis' Special Adviser.

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Kostís Palamás
(Greek poet)
Kostís Palamás
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 13, 1859
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pátrai, Greece
Died: February 27, 1943

Part of the Demotic movement of the late 1800s, Greek poet Kostís Palamás later pioneered the new school of Athens, also known as the Palamian School, which rejected the traditional literary styles and introduced a significant restraint. He is remembered for his works such as Trisevgene and Asalefte Zoe.

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Alkinoos Ioannidis
(Composer)
Alkinoos Ioannidis
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nicosia, Cyprus

Born in Cyprus, Alkinoos Ioannidis failed to learn the drums due to the lack of drum trainers in Nicosia and leaned the guitar instead. He later moved to Greece to study theater and then deviated to music. Apart from performing at concerts in Greece and Cyprus, he has also headlined festivals.

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Georgios Babiniotis
(Linguist)
Georgios Babiniotis
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Birthdate: January 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
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Aleksandër Xhuvani
(Philologist)
Aleksandër Xhuvani
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Birthdate: March 14, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Elbasan, Albania
Died: November 22, 1961
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Seraphim of Athens
(Bishop)
Seraphim of Athens
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 26, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Karditsa, Greece
Died: April 10, 1998

Seraphim of Athens served as the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece. In his capacity as the Archbishop, a position which he served from 1974 until his death in 1998, Seraphim of Athens visited the Patriarchates of Belgrade, Sofia, Antioch, Moscow, and Constantinople. During his 24-year tenure as Archbishop, he swore in numerous Prime Ministers and six Presidents of Greece.

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Charilaos Trikoupis
(Politician)
Charilaos Trikoupis
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 11, 1832
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nauplia, Greece
Died: April 30, 1896

Charilaos Trikoupis was a Greek politician who served the office of the Prime Minister on seven occasions between 1875 and 1895. He is credited with proposing and funding modern and ambitious projects, such as the establishment of the Corinth Canal. Today, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest Prime Ministers to have ever served Greece.

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Christodoulos of Athens
(Archbishop)
Christodoulos of Athens
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Xánthi, Greece
Died: January 28, 2008

Christodoulos of Athens served as the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece from 1998 to 2008. He is credited with launching new Church social services to tackle social issues like the support for single mothers, the welfare of drug addicts, and the support for abused women. Christodoulos of Athens also established an NGO named Solidarity to aid humanitarian causes.