Giovanni Jona-Lasinio

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Giovanni Jona-Lasinio
Giovanni Jona-Lasinio-Nobel Lecture-1.jpg
Nationality Italian
Fields Particle physics
Statistical Mechanics
Institutions Sapienza University of Rome[1]
University of Padua
Alma mater Sapienza University of Rome
Known for Spontaneous symmetry breaking
Notable awards Heineman Prize (2012)
Boltzmann Medal (2013)

Giovanni Jona-Lasinio (born 1932), sometimes called Gianni Jona, is an influential Italian theoretical physicist, best known for his works on quantum field theory and statistical mechanics. He pioneered research concerning spontaneous symmetry breaking, and the Nambu–Jona-Lasinio model is named after him. At present, he holds a faculty position in the Physics Department of Sapienza University of Rome, and is a full member of the Accademia dei Lincei.

Life[edit]

Giovanni Jona-Lasinio was born in Florence, Jewish on his father's side. From 1970 to 1974 he taught electrodynamics at University of Padua. Since 1974 he has been full professor at Sapienza University of Rome, where he teaches mathematical methods of physics. He spent several years abroad, doing his research also at University of Chicago (1959–60), CERN (1964–65), MIT (1965–66), Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (1980–81), Université Pierre et Marie Curie (1983–84). In 2004, the Journal of Statistical Physics, a scientific magazine about statistical mechanics, dedicated a special issue in honor of Giovanni Jona-Lasinio.

In 2006 Giovanni Jona-Lasinio was awarded the Feltrinelli Prize of Accademia dei Lincei.

In 2012 Giovanni Jona-Lasinio was awarded the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics of the American Physical Society.

In 2013 Giovanni Jona-Lasinio was awarded the Boltzmann Medal for his contributions to statistical physics, notably phase transitions and the breaking of a continuous symmetry.

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  1. ^ "2012 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved 27 May 2012.