Prof. Giorgio Parisi (La Sapienza University Rome) is awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics
Giorgio Parisi, professor of Quantum Theories at the Sapienza University of Rome, Prof. Giorgio Parisi (La Sapienza University Rome) is awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics.
The last Nobel Prize Awarded to an Italian researcher was that in Medicine, assigned to Mario Capecchi in 2007.
Italy can count on a long-term tradition in research in hard sciences, and specifically in physics. Guglielmo Marconi won the prize in 1909, Enrico Fermi in 1938, Emilio Segrè in 1959, Carlo Rubbia in 1984, Riccardo Giacconi in 2002, and Mario Capecchi in 2007. That’s quite a lot of Italian researchers up there!
Parisi is born in Rome in 1948, and graduated in Physics at the Sapienza University of Rome in 1970 under the guidance of Nicola Cabibbo. He began his scientific career in the National Laboratories of Frascati dell’Infn, first as a member of the National Research Council (CNR) (1971-1973) and then as Infn researcher (1973-1981). During this period he spent long spans abroad, first at Columbia University in New York (1973-1974), at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in Bures-sur-Yvettes (1976-1977), at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (1977-1978). He was President of the Accademia dei Lincei from 2018 to 2021.
Of course, the assignment of the most prestigious World prize to an Italian scientist would greatly enhance the attraction to the Italian University system as a whole. In particular, this would greatly enhance La Sapienza’s chances to climb the global rankings, especially ARWU, which rewards Nobels in the academy a great deal. Time is ripe for the first Top 100 Italian HEI?