Professor Ugo Amaldi

Ugo Amaldi has been Research Director and a researcher at Istituto di Sanità (the Italian Health Institute) and, later, at CERN. He has published more than 400 papers about the physics of atoms, nuclei, particles of radiation and their production and detection, and theoretical physics. His most well known paper on the unification of the fundamental forces has been quoted 1,200 times in other research papers.

From 1980 to 1993 he created and directed the DELPHI collaboration which, consisting of around 500 physicists from 20 countries, built and operated the CERN Large Electron Positron collider (LEP), the large detector of the same name. Chair professor of Medical physics, he has taught in Florence and Milan Universities. Founder and President of the TERA Foundation since its creation in 1992, he has concentrated on developing cancer therapy techniques utilising beams of charged hadrons during the last 15 years. To date, more than one million Italian high school pupils have studied his physics text books. He is Doctor honoris causa of the universities of Helsinki, Lyon, Valencia and Uppsala and is member of the Italian Academy of Sciences.