Famous Cretan seismologist Giorgos Stavrakakis died at the age of 61

stavrakakisOne of the most known Greek seismologists, Giorgos Stavrakakis, died on Friday, at the age of 61, after a long “fight” with cancer.

Who was Giorgos Stavrakakis

Giorgos Stavrakakis was a Member of the S & D Group in the European Parliament since July 2009. He was the Vice-Chair of the Regional Development Committee, and he participated in the Committees on Budgets Control and Budgets. Mr Stavrakakis also participated in the EU-China and EU-Japan Joint Parliamentary Committees.

Mr Stravrakakis was a Seismologist. He had been the Director of the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens from 1995 to 2008. He was a Member of the Committee of Estimation of Seismic Danger under the auspices of the National Organisation of Antiseismic Planning and Protection from 1992 to 1999). He served as Vice-president of the Executive Board of the National Organisation of Antiseismic Planning and Protection from 1997 to 2005. Mr Stavrakakis had been the Chairman of the Permanent Special Scientific Committee for the estimation of seismic danger and seismic endangerment for the periods 2002-2005 and January 2009-June 2009.

He had participated and coordinated various Research European programs and had promoted important collaborations between European Research Institutes on issues concerning geodynamic research.

Mr Stavrakakis held a PHD degree on Seismology from the University of Athens as well as a postgraduate degree on Geophysics from the University of Munster (Germany) and a postgraduate degree on Technical Seismology from the University of Tsukuba(Japan).

We was born in 1954 in Ierapetra, Crete, he was married and had two sons.