|Institutions||Sapienza University of Rome
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.
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.
- 2006: Feltrinelli Prize of the Accademia dei Lincei.
- 2012: Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics of the American Physical Society.
- 2013: Boltzmann Medal for his contributions to Statistical Physics, notably phase transitions and the breaking of a continuous symmetry.
- A biography in Italian
- The April 2004 issue (Volume 115, Numbers 1-2) of Journal of Statistical Physics in honor of Giovanni Jona-Lasinio
- A picture of Giovanni Jona-Lasinio
- Kenneth Geddes Wilson
- Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model
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