Hariton Korizis was born in Athens in 1927. He was the son of the mechanical engineer Stylianos Korizis, who was the brother of prime-minister Alexandros Korizis.
He studied Political Science at the Panteion University and received a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Bonn.
He was professor of Political History and Political Science at the Department of Law, University of Athens, and taught Political History at the University of Nuremberg.
His research was focused on the simultaneous study of history and sociology as means for dealing with the issues pertaining to Political Science and according to the then modern scientific mandate.
He received various honors and awards for his work and was decorated by the Adenauer Foundation in Germany. He was also a member of the International Political Science Association and the American Political Science Association.
He was a prosecution witness against the dictators at the trial of the Polytechnic University and that against the Junta. In his work “The Autocratic Regime, 1967-1974”, he attempted an investigation of the seven-year rule of Greece by the dictators. He paid great attention to the articulation of precepts by the regime and attempted an analysis of the dictators’ rule through the concept of authoritarianism.
He has written extensively in both Greek and German. After his death, his family donated a number of rare and important books from his personal collection to the K. G. Karamanlis Foundation, which now comprise the Hariton Korizis Collection at the Foundation’s library.