Michael Mytilinaios was born in Athens on December 8, 1948. He obtained his first degree from the Department of Mathematics of the University of Athens in 1972 and in 1978 he went to Chicago to continue his studies. In 1979 he passed with distinction the Ph.D. qualifying examinations and obtained a Master's degree in Pure Mathematics. Then he continued his studies as a doctoral student, holding a scholarship of the University of Chicago. He completed his thesis in 1985, under the guidance of Theodore A. Slaman, a distinguished researcher in the theory of recursive functions and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago.
During the period 1985-1987 Michael remained in the U.S., holding the honorary position of "John Wesley Young Instructor" in the Department of Mathematics at Dartmouth College (New Hampshire). He returned to Greece in the summer of 1987 and, for the next three years, worked as Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the University of Crete. Then he moved, as an Assistant Professor, to the Department of Informatics of the Athens University of Economics and Business, where he was later promoted to Associate and Full Professor. Michael died on March 12, 2007, after a long fight with lung cancer.
His research work was published in international scientific journals and was recognized by colleagues in Greece and abroad. Michael taught, in co-operation with Yiannis N. Moschovakis, the course Computability to several generations of MPLA students and participated actively in the weekly MPLA Seminar. Michael was a devoted and patient teacher, eager to help students and give extremely clear lectures.
After Michael's death, many of his colleagues made donations towards creating a fund, to be used for awarding prizes annually to students who distinguish themselves during their studies at MPLA. The Mytilinaios prize carries a stipend of 500 euros.