Athanasios Ch. Godelitsas was born in Arnea (Chalkidiki, Macedonia, Greece) on 9 August 1967 and he is a citizen of Tyrnavos municipality
(Thessaly, Greece). Athanasios went to primary and high schools in Anavryti (Sparta, Peloponesse, Greece), Paleochori (Chalkidiki) and Arnea.
He graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) in 1989 with a degree in Geology and then earned a PhD in Chemistry in 1995,
from the same University, within a frame of a European Union program in collaboration with the University of Manchester (ex-UMIST, UK).
He elaborated his post-doc (2001-2004) in the group of Professor Andrew Putnis at the University of Muenster (Germany).
Before joining the academia, Dr. Godelitsas had served the Hellenic Army (1996-1997) and worked as laboratory geochemist and quality
assurance/quality control manager in international mining & metallurgical companies (1998-2001).