As part of the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the University of Padua and with the proposal of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the University of Padua Rector, Daniela Mapelli confer an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Physics to Giorgio Parisi, professor of Theoretical Physics at the Sapienza University of Rome,
“for his pioneering contributions in the theoretical physics of elementary particles, in quantum field theory and statistical physics, and in particular for the discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from atomic to planetary scales, an achievement which earned him the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics.”
The awarding ceremony includes the Padua Nobel Lecture by Giorgio Parisi entitled “La complessità vista da un fisico”.
Parisi has made significant contributions in various areas of physics: particle physics, statistical mechanics, fluid dynamics, condensed matter and supercomputers, and has authored several articles on neural networks, the immune system, and the movement of animal groups.
Born in Rome, Parisi received his degree in physics from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1970 and thus began conducting research in the INFN National Laboratories of Frascati before completing his studies abroad (Columbia University in New York, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in Bures- sur-Yvettes, Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris). He taught physics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and is now a full professor at La Sapienza. Parisi was the President of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei from 2018 to 2021.
The Nobel laureate has received many other honours and awards, including the 1992 Boltzmann Medal, the 2011 Max Planck Medal, and the 2021 Wolf Prize for Physics. Giorgio Parisi is a member of the Italian Accademia dei Quaranta, the French Academy of Sciences, the United States National Academy of Sciences, the Academia Europaea, and the American Philosophical Society
The event is sold out but it is streamed on the Unipd YouTube channel.