The Bridges of Science and the Light of the East

MOHA Research Center organized the lecture entitled “The Bridges of Science and the Light of the East: The Scientific Contributions of Islamic Civilization in the Middle Ages”, that took place at the Grande Salle of Imaret.

This lecture focused on the evolution of meteorology from pre-Islamic times to the heyday of the Islamic Caliphate. Important personalities, specific trends in meteorology and the influence of the literary movement in Baghdad during the 9th century have contributed to the advancement and consolidation of meteorology amongst the sciences in Islamic times. Additionally, the progress made at the time was of global scale and surpassed on some occasions the knowledge of western astronomers.

About the speaker: Thodores Kolydas is a graduate of the Mathematics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and obtained a master’s degree in Meteorology from the Physics Department, University of Athens. Since 1986 he has works in CMH and for many years he has served as member of the National Meteorological Centre specializing in weather forecasts and seas. Over the last decade he was department head of education at the School of Meteorological CMH and Director of Service. In September 2014 he became Deputy Governor of CMH. Since 1990 he has worked with many Media and has designed weather reports in TV, radio and newspapers. Since 1996 he has worked for Mega Channel, where he anchors and edits the weather forecasts.

Date24 April 2015