Giovanni Jona-Lasinio

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Giovanni Jona-Lasinio
Giovanni Jona-Lasinio-Nobel Lecture-1.jpg
Alma materSapienza University of Rome
Known forSpontaneous symmetry breaking
AwardsHeineman Prize (2012)
Boltzmann Medal (2013)
Scientific career
FieldsParticle Physics
Statistical Mechanics
InstitutionsSapienza University of Rome[1]
University of Padua
Doctoral studentsSergio Doplicher

Giovanni Jona-Lasinio (born 1932), sometimes called Gianni Jona, is an 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. When Yoichiro Nambu received the Nobel Prize, Jona-Lasinio gave the Nobel Lecture in his place, as a recognition from Nambu for their joint work [2]. 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.


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  1. ^ "2012 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  2. ^ "The official website of the Nobel Prize".