Beyond the Blue Ikarian Sea

Beyond the Blue Ikarian Sea

by John Chrysochoos


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Beyond the Blue Ikarian Sea by John Chrysochoos

The innocent early childhood of the author, on a beautiful and serene Greek island, was painfully interrupted by World War II. The inevitable impact upon the development of the author’s personality and character, as well as all facets of life in Greece brought about by the war, the occupation, the famine, the flight to Palestine, and the subsequent civil war was profound. It is presented realistically in the first half of the book, from historical and political points of view, as objectively as humanly possible.

The second half depicts the author as a university professor in North America, embroiled in continuous struggle, trying to cope with educational, societal, xenophobic, anti-foreign, jingoistic, and racial issues while striving to advance his own scientific career in the face of numerous family disasters. The reminiscence of the blue sea surrounding the faraway island provided him with the peace of mind needed to cope with such complex and difficult issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805986969
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

The author was born on the Greek island of Ikaria in the mid-thirties. He completed both elementary and secondary education on the island, with a brief interruption while in Palestine as a war refugee; his higher education in chemistry was completed at the University of Athens (1953 – 1957). Following his discharge from the Greek Royal Navy (1958 – 1960), he earned his M.Sc. (1962) and Ph.D. (1964) in chemistry at UBC in Vancouver, Canada.

In 1964 he settled in the United States as educator and researcher. He was associated with several universities in North America and in Greece, namely Harvard, IIT, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, and the universities of Crete and Patras. He is currently professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Toledo, Ohio. He has published about one hundred fifty scientific articles and abstracts.

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