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In Memoriam: Professor Paul S. Lykoudis (1926-2013)


Emeritus Professor Paul S. Lykoudis passed away on October 13, 2013. 

Professor Lykoudis received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.  At the age of 27 he came to Purdue University on a Fulbright scholarship and received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1954 and his Doctorate in 1956.  He started his academic career in the School of Aeronautical Engineering, where he became full professor in 1960.  He was the Director of the Aerospace Sciences Laboratory from 1968 to 1973 and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  He was named Head of the School of Nuclear Engineering in 1973.  He kept this position until he retired 1992 after a particularly successful career.

During his retirement years he completed a full translation of Homer’s Odyssey into Modern Greek in a way which showed the close connection between the ancient and the modern languages.  The first rhapsody (“Rhapsody A”- Athena advises Telemachus) was published in October 1999 by the “Hestia” Publishing Company of Athens and was acclaimed by the critics.

He is survived by his long-time companion Aliki, children Michael and Issa, grandchildren, and sister Penelope