Antonino Zichichi

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Antonino Zichichi.

Antonino Zichichi (Italian: [antoˈniːno ddziˈkiːki]; born 15 October 1929) is an Italian physicist who has worked in the field of nuclear physics. He has served as President of the World Federation of Scientists, as a professor at the University of Bologna, and is associated with American conservative think-tank the Heartland Institute.


Zichichi was born in Trapani, Sicily, in 1929. He has collaborated on several discoveries in the field of sub-nuclear physics and has worked in numerous research laboratories such as Fermilab in Chicago and CERN in Geneva. In 1963, he founded the Centro Ettore Majorana of Erice, dedicated to scientific culture.[1][2] The Ettore Majorana centre sponsors the International School of Subnuclear Physics, where Zichichi serves as director.

He was president of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare from 1977 up to 1982 and in 1980 he strongly backed the creation of the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso. Currently, he is an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Bologna. He is president of the World Federation of Scientists, an organization concerned with the fight against planetary emergencies.[3] He is an ISI highly cited researcher.[4] He was one of the creators of Erice statement.

Honors and assignments[edit]


  • L'infinito, Lausanne, G. Galilei, 1988; Milano, Rizzoli, 1994; Milano, Nuova Pratiche Editrice, 1998.
  • Scienza ed emergenze planetarie. Il paradosso dell'era moderna, Milano, Rizzoli, 1993.
  • 'Perché io credo in Colui che ha fatto il mondo, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 1999, ISBN 88-428-0714-1
  • L'irresistibile fascino del Tempo. Dalla resurrezione di Cristo all'universo subnucleare, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2000, ISBN 88-515-2004-6
  • Subnuclear Physics. The first 50 years highlights from Erice to ELN, Singapore, World Scientific, 2000.
  • Galilei divin uomo, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2001, ISBN 88-428-0943-8
  • Il vero e il falso. Passeggiando tra le stelle e a casa nostra, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2003, ISBN 88-428-1078-9
  • Galilei. Dall'Ipse Dixit al processo di oggi. 100 risposte, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2004, ISBN 88-428-1174-2
  • Tra Fede e Scienza. Da Giovanni Paolo II a Benedetto XVI, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2005, ISBN 88-428-1310-9
  • Creativity in Science, World Scientific, 1996
  • Giovanni Paolo II. Il Papa Amico della Scienza, Marco Tropea Editore, 2011, ISBN 88-558-0180-5
  • Zichichi, A.,"Bruno Pontecorvo and his vision"; the content of the paper is a part of the special volume published by the Italian Physical Society (2013) to celebrate the Hundredth Anniversary of Bruno Pontecorvo.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Zichichi, Antonino (July 2006). "Ettore Majorana: genius and mystery". CERN Courier. 46 (6): 23–26.
  2. ^ Zichichi, Antonino (October 2009). "The queen of all sciences and Intelligent Design". CERN Courier. 49 (8): 42.
  3. ^ "The World Federation of Scientists home page". WFS. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  4. ^ "ISI Highly Cited: Antonino Zichichi". Institute for Scientific Information. Retrieved July 23, 2010.[permanent dead link]

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