Below you will find a timeline of the most important landmarks in the history of the Eugenides Foundation.
1954 – The Eugenides Foundation is established on the basis of the terms of the will of Eugene Eugenides, who set the sole purpose of the Foundation as being ‘to contribute to the education of young Greeks in the scientific and technical fields’.
1956 – Founding of the Eugenides Foundation.
1956 – Granting of the first scholarship.
1957 – First textbook is published (Μαθηματικά για τον Τεχνίτη [Mathematics for the technician]).
1958 – Marianthi Simou is awarded the Grand Commander of the Order of Beneficence decoration.
1959 – Donation towards the purchase of the training schooner Eugene Eugenides for use by the Merchant Marine Schools.
1959 – Marianthi Simou is awarded the Class ‘A’ Navy Medal.
1964 – Marianthi Simou is awarded the Honour Diploma of the Piraeus Naval School.
1965 – Inauguration of the training schooner Eugene Eugenides.
1965 – Gold Medal of the Academy of Athens.
1966 – Inauguration of the Eugenides Foundation building complex on Syngrou Avenue.
1966 – Screening of the Planetarium’s first show.
1973 – Dionysis Simopoulos is named director of the Planetarium.
1981 – Death of Marianthi Simou and assumption of the directorship of the Foundation by a three-member committee chaired by NikolaosVernikos-Eugenides.
1987 – Initiation of scholarship awards to graduates of NTUA.
1989 – Initiation of scholarship awards to graduates of the Hellenic Coast Guard.
1991 – Donation of a simulator to the Centre of Further Education for Seafarers.
1993 – Nikolaos Vernikos-Eugenides awarded the Academy of Athens prize.
1996 – Nikolaos Vernikos-Eugenides decides to expand the facilities and activities of the Foundation.
1999 – The Old Planetarium closes to give way to the New Digital Planetarium.
1999 – The Eugenides Foundation donates 1 billion drachmas for the repair of damages to the country’s schools from the earthquake of Parnitha.
2003 – The New Digital Planetarium of the Eugenides Foundation, the largest and best-equipped planetarium in the world, opens its doors to the public.
2006 – The Eugenides Foundation celebrates 50 years of service to the country. The Interactive Science and Technology Exhibition begins its operation.
2010 – The 6th Primary School and the 6th Kindergarten of Nea Orestiada are renamed the Eugenides 6th Primary School of Nea Orestiada and the Eugenides 6th Kindergarten of Nea Orestiada.
2014 – Grant given to the Ionian Island Merchant Marine Academy.
2014 – Establishment of the UTech Lab Technology Laboratory in collaboration with the American Embassy in Athens.
2015 – Leonidas Dimitriades-Eugenides awarded the Academy of Athens prize.
2016 – The Interactive Science and Technology Exhibition completes its operation.
2016 – The Eugenides Foundation receives the Achievement in Education and Training award from the Greek Shipping Awards 2016 organized by Lloyd’s List.
2018 – Leonidas Dimitriades-Eugenides appointed Maritime Ambassador of the IMO.
2018 – The 1st Vocational Lyceum [EPAL] of Didymoteicho is renamed after Eugene Eugenides.
2018 – Grant given to the Kymi Merchant Marine Academy.
2018 – The new Athena Science and Technology Centre of the Eugenides Foundation starts its operation.