Positivity (2011) 15:539–551 DOI 10.1007/s11117-010-0091-7 Positivity A. W. Wickstead Received: 6 September 2010 / Accepted: 30 September 2010 © Springer Basel AG 2010 1Life Charalambos D. Aliprantis, or “Roko” as he was almost universally known, was born in the village of Lakithra on the Greek island of Cephalonia on May 12, 1946. His parents were Dr. Dionysios and Sofronia Aliprantis who had two other boys, Christo- pher and Spyros. Roko grew up during a very turbulent time in modern Greek history, living through hunger, disease, civil war, earthquake and a dictatorship. Throughout his life Roko remained devoted to his family and his Greek heritage, spending as many summer vacations on Cephalonia as he could manage. After elementary and high school education on the island of Cephalonia he went to study mathematics at the University of Athens where the professor that he was most inﬂuenced by was Demetrios Kappos, a student of Constantine Carathéodory. Roko was proud to consider himself an academic grandchild of Carathéodory who, although from a very mixed geographical background, was very much a Greek. Roko obtained a Diploma in Mathematics (Summa cum Laude) from the University of Ath- ens in December 1968 then spent the Spring
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