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Lianis, George
George Lianis Papers
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 1.4 linear feet
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Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2
English Greek, Modern


The George Lianis Papers consists of papers by and relating to the Greek academic and politician George Lianis (1926-2008). Included are autograph and typed manuscripts, as well as correspondence (personal and professional), loose photographs, one photograph album, slides, and printed material.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of personal papers of the Greek academic and politician, George Lianis, including correspondence (personal and professional), autograph and typed manuscripts, photographs, one photograph album, slides, and printed matter. The materials involved in the years Lianis served as general secretary of the North American Council of Panhellenic Liberation Movement (P.A.K.) and after his return to Greece with the fall of the military coup in 1974 as a founding member of the Panellēnio Sosialistiko Kinēma (Greece) [Panhellenic Socialist Movement] (PASOK), where he entered the cabinet as Vice Minister of Education and then the first Minister of Research and Technology. The main subjects are especially P.A.K. and the dictatorship period (1967-1974), the uproar over the establishment of Patrai University in Greece as a new model, and the passage of law 1268/1982 for reform of higher education. Also, there are notes about discussions held with Margaret Papandreou.


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Collection Creator Biography:

Lianis, George

George Lianis was born in 1926 in Naoussa, Greece. His father was an employee of the Greek railroads. The family lived in various towns in northern Greece, where his father served as stationmaster.

During the World War II he was an organizer for Heniaia Panelladikē Organōsē Neon (EPON) [Unified Panhellenic Organization of Youth], the youth group of resistance to the German occupation of Greece. In 1953, he received a degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. He completed his graduate studies at Imperial College of the University of London where in 1956 he received a PhD in mechanical engineering. In 1959, he moved to the United States to join the faculty of Brown University where he was promoted to full professor in 1961. His academic work includes the physics of continuous media and the theory of relativity. He became visiting scientist at North American Aviation, General Dynamics Astronautics, Boeing, Hexcel, and Lockheed Propulsion, and was visiting professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, Lehigh University, and Technische Hochschule Aachen.

In 1964, still living in the United States, he became acquainted with Andreas Papandreou, future prime minister of Greece, and was invited to help establish a new university in Patrai, Greece. After the military dictatorship arrived in 1967, he was active in anti-dictatorship struggles with the Panhellenic Liberation Movement (P.A.K.). He served as general secretary of the North American Council of P.A.K. until 1974. After the fall of the dictatorship in 1974, he returned to Greece as a founding member of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). He became professor at the chair of mechanics at the Aristotle University of Thessalonikē. In 1981, when PASOK became the first socialist government in Greece, he entered the cabinet as Vice Minister of Education and in 1983, the first Minister of Research and Technology. Between 1985 and 1997 he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to countries in Asia, including Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Mongolia, Singapore, and Malaysia. He stayed involved with issues of innovation policy and higher education until his death in 2008.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. Judith Fruchter-Lianis to the Program in Hellenic Studies for the Princeton University Library in 2011.


Nothing was removed from the collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2011. Finding aid written by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research/

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

George Lianis Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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