Giorgio Parisi is professor emeritus of Theoretical Physics at the Sapienza University of Rome, associate researcher at the INFN National Institute of Nuclear Physics. From 2018 to 2021 he was President of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, and currently acts as President of the Class of Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Natural and Vice President of the Academy. Born in Rome in 1948, Parisi completed his studies at the Sapienza University of Rome where he graduated in physics in 1970 under the direction of Nicola Cabibbo. He began his scientific career at the Frascati National Laboratories of the INFN, first as a member of the CNR (1971-1973) and later as a researcher of the INFN (1973-1981). During this time, he spent long periods abroad Columbia University in New York (1973-1974), the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in Bures-sur-Yvettes (1976-1977), the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris (1977-1978). Throughout his scientific career, Giorgio Parisi has made many decisive and widely recognized contributions in different areas of physics: in particle physics, statistical mechanics, fluid dynamics, condensed matter, supercomputer. He has also written articles on neural networks, immune systems and movement of groups of animals. He has been awarded two European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants, the first in 2010 and the second in 2016, and is the author of over six hundred articles and contributions to scientific conferences and four books. His works are well known. Recognitions. In 1992 he was awarded the Boltzmann Medal (awarded every three years by the IUPAP International Union of Pure and Applied Physics for new results in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics) for his contributions to the theory of disordered systems, and the Max Planck Medal in 2011, awarded by the German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft). He received the Feltrinelli Prize in Physics in 1987, the Italgas Prize in 1993, the Dirac Medal in Theoretical Physics in 1999, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage Prize in 2002, the Enrico Fermi Award in 2003, Dannie Heineman Prize in 2005, Nonino Prize in 2005, Galileo Prize in 2006, Microsoft Prize in 2007, the Lagrange Prize 2009, Vittorio De Sica Prize in 2011, Prix des Trois Physiciens 2012, the Nature Award for Mentoring in Science 2013, High Energy and Particle Physics Prize by the EPS European Physical Society in 2015, Lars Onsager Prize of the American Physical Society 2016. In 2021 he received the prestigious Wolf Prize in Physics. He is a member of the Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze detta XL, the Académie des Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, the Academia Europaea, the European Academy and the American Philosophical Society. In 2021 Giorgio Parisi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
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