Nick Ambraseys died peacefully in his Putney home in London on 28 December 2012, a few weeks short of his 84th birthday. Born in Athens, Greece, 19 January 1929, he acquired his middle name from his father, Neocles Amvrasis, and, from his Alexandria‐born mother, Cleopatra Yambani, he learned Arabic. He was educated at the National Technical University of Athens, where he received a diploma in rural engineering in 1952. For his mandatory military service he chose the Hellenic Navy; and, in 1954 while still completing his navy duties, he was appointed to the staff of the Department of Fluid Mechanics...

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