Edited by Robert W. Dimand, Mary Ann Dimand and Evelyn L. Forget
(b. 1933) Maria Negreponti-Delivani was born on 9 June 1933 in Thessaloniki. After completing her primary education, she entered the School for Law and Economic Services of the University of Thessaloniki. She distinguished herself as a student and after four years of study took her ﬁrst degree in economics (‘ptichion’) with distinction. After her graduation she went with a scholarship from the French government to the University of Paris–Sorbonne, where, in 1959, she obtained a state Ph.D. (Doctorat d’Etat) in economics. During her postgraduate studies she spent a year at the London School of Economics preparing her thesis. Shortly before her return to Greece she became engaged and later married her Greek mentor, Professor Demetrios Delivanis (1909–97), with whom she shared a happy life. In 1965 she gave birth to their only child, a daughter, who later became an economist too. After returning to Thessaloniki, Negreponti-Delivani started preparing a research monograph (‘iﬁgessia’) that would enable her to seek an academic career. Her marriage to a prominent academic might have given rise to the expectation that she would have an easy time; in reality, however, she had to struggle very hard to overcome the reservations of an all-male conservative electoral body, that ﬁnally approved her ‘iﬁgessia’ in 1961. She started teaching at the University of Thessaloniki and at the Graduate School for Industrial Studies in Thessaloniki (later the University of Macedonia). In 1970 she was elected Full Professor there, a post that she holds to this day....
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