Demetrios Christodoulou has been Professor of Mathematics and Physics at the ETH Zurich 2001-2017, where since 2017 he is Emeritus Professor.

He studied physics at Princeton University, where he received his PhD in 1971. After that he turned to mathematics, becoming Professor of Mathematics, first 1985-1987 at Syracuse University in the State of New York, then 1988-1992 at the Courant Institute of New York University, and in the period 1992-2001 at Princeton University, a position which he held until his move to Zurich.

He has been awarded the MacArthur Fellows Award (1993) for his work in mathematics and physics, the Bocher Memorial Prize of the American Mathematical Society (1999), the Shaw Prize (Hong Kong) in Mathematical Science (2011), and the Henri Poincare Prize of the International Association of Mathematical Physics (2021). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the US National Academy of Sciences, and the Academia Europaea.