A Citizen of the World
Of all, three things remain: The certainty that we are always starting, the certainty that we have to continue, the certainty that we shall be interrupted before we finish. So, we should make of the interruption a new path, of the fall a dance move, of the fear a ladder, of the dream a bridge, of the search an encounter.
Formative YearsEarly 70s
Born in Greece at the height of the military junta. The history of that dark period influenced me, as I was growing up, to become a humanist and a vocal proponent of human rights. I was never satisfied with 'just because' answers; always questioning why. Clearly, a scientist in the making.
High SchoolGreat 80s
I was fortunate to attend school with French influences, to experience a third language and the culture of a great nation. Of course, that was the time of great music too!
Bachelor DegreeEarly 90s
I was able to fulfill the dream of mine to study in a country that played a pivotal role in advancing diverse scientific areas, such as, Electromagnetism, Cosmology, Nuclear Physics, to name but a few. After hard work, I got a First Class degree in Astrophysics, something that I will always be proud of.
Gotten more serious with research while delaying getting a proper job. Great fun getting into hypervelocity impact and light flashes. Did you know that our Moon was formed after a high impact event with Earth?
More Fun ResearchLate 90s - Early 2000s
What if you can combine a bit more money with great fun in research at a top university performing high velocity impact experiments? Well, that is exactly what I was doing for several years.
New WorldMid 2000s
Crossing the Pond and starting a new life. New adventures ahead and a nuclear energy related job. I moved around the Ottawa Valley and GTA, and was fortunate enough to visit both sides of Niagara Falls; a natural wonder I always wanted to see.
Yet Another ChangeEarly 2010s
I have been living in Ottawa for a while now. I have also gotten into photography more seriously. In any case, after having lived in three countries, perhaps, I can consider myself a citizen of the world.
In a Nutshell
- E.A. Taylor, K. Tsembelis, C.J. Hayhurst, L. Kay, and M.J. Burchell, “Hydrocode Modelling of Hypervelocity Impact of Brittle Materials: Depth of Penetration and Conchoidal Diameter”, Int. J. Imp. Engng, 23, pp. 895- 904, (1999).
- J.C.F. Millett, K. Tsembelis and N.K. Bourne, “Longitudinal & Lateral Stress Measurements in shock-loaded Gabbro and Granite”, Journal of Applied Physics, 87(8), pp. 3678-3682, (2000).
- M.J. Gifford, K. Tsembelis and J.E. Field, “Anomalous Detonation Velocities Following Type II Deflagration-to- Detonation Transitions in Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate” Journal of Applied Physics, 91, pp. 4995-5001, (2002).
- A.M. Bragov, A.K. Lomunov, I.V. Sergeichev, W. Proud, K. Tsembelis and P. Church, “A Method for Determining the Main Mechanical Properties of Soft Soils at High Strain Rates (103-105 s-1) and Load Amplitudes up to Several GPa”, Techn. Phys. Lett. (Transl. from Russian), 31, pp. 83-87, (2005).
- J.P. Borg, D.J. Chapman, K. Tsembelis, W.G. Proud and J.R. Cogar, “Dynamic Compaction of Porous Silica Powder”, Journal of Applied Physics, 98(7), (2005).
- I.A. Crawford, E.C. Baldwin, E.A. Taylor, J.A. Bailey and K. Tsembelis, “On the Survivability and Detectability of Terrestrial Meteorites on the Moon”, Astrobiology, 8(2), pp. 242-252, (2008).
- A.M. Bragov, A.K. Lomunov, I.V. Sergeichev, K. Tsembelis and W. Proud, “Determination of physicomechanical properties of soft soils from medium to high strain rates”, Int. J. Imp. Engng, 35(9), pp. 967-976, (2008).
- K. Tsembelis, M.J. Burchell, M.J. Cole and N. Margaritis, “Residual Temperature Measurements of Light Flash under Hypervelocity Impact”, Int. J. Imp. Engng, 35, pp. 1368-1373, (2008).