Maria Spiropulu was born in 1970 in Kastoria, a mountain town in West Macedonia, Greece.
She is an experimental physicist at Caltech and CERN, the European high-energy physics laboratory outside Geneva, and is working on experiments for the Large Haldron Collider. She says that her work is part of the search to discover the origins of the Universe.
Maria Spiropulu got her Bachelor’s Degree from the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1993. She had already begun research from 1991, working as a technical assistant at CERN”S DELPHI and later at BESSY, the synchrotron laboratory in Berlin, Germany. After graduation she went to Harvard University for her PhD in particle Physics.
Maria Spiropulu also had other interests. In her early teens, she wanted to be an F-16 pilot and then an astronaut. She played the drums and sang for a band. She also practiced for several years in martial arts, especially karate, and later went on to do kick-boxing.
1st class (A3) of Junior High School, 19th High School of Patras