Phocion Négris (1846-1928) was born in Athens but was educated in Paris where he spent 21 years. He qualified as a mining engineer and obtained a degree in mathematical science. On his return to Greece, he became involved in politics and eventually served two terms as Minister for Finance.
In a communication to the 1905 International Congress of Archeology in Athens on ‘the question of Plato’s Atlantis’. He noted in particular: “So the agreement between Plato’s story and geological phenomena continues down to the smallest details. All doubt must cease; Atlantis existed. “(a)