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 and particles, of radiations and their production and detection, and theoretical physics. His most known paper on the unification of the fundamental forces has been quoted 1,200 times.

From 1980 to 1993 he created and directed the DELPHI collaboration which, formed of about 500 physicists coming from 20 countries, built and operated at the CERN Large Electron Positron collider LEP, the large detector bearing the same name. Chair professor of Medical physics, he has taught this subject in Florence and Milan University. Founder and President of the TERA Foundation since its creation in 1992, in the last 15 years he has concentrated on developing techniques of cancer therapy which make use of beams of charged hadrons. 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.