Guido Caldarelli

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Guido Caldarelli
Born (1967-04-08) 8 April 1967 (age 51)
Rome, Italy
Residence Lucca, Italy
Nationality Italian
Alma mater SISSA
Scientific career
Institutions IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

Guido Caldarelli (born in Rome on 8 April 1967) is an Italian physicist (statistical physics) and full professor in Theoretical Physics at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca. He is married and has two children.


Caldarelli received his Ph.D. from SISSA, after which he was a postdoc in the Department of Physics and School of Biology, University of Manchester. He then worked at the Theory of Condensed Matter Group, University of Cambridge, where he worked with Robin Ball and stayed in Wolfson College. He returned to Italy as a lecturer at National Institute for Condensed Matter (INFM) and later as Primo Ricercatore in the Institute of Complex Systems of the National Research Council of Italy. In this period he was also the coordinator of the Networks subproject, part of the Complexity Project, for the Fermi Centre. He also spent some terms at University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and in 2006 he has been visiting professor at École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

In CCS2018 (The Conference of Complex Systems Society) he has been elected President of the Complex Systems Society for the years 2018-2021.


The activity of Caldarelli is mainly focused on scale-free networks, complex networks and systems biology. He has been coordinator of the European project COSIN, one of the first international activities based on the study of complex networks. He is presently coordinator of the European project FOC on the study of financial networks and the project MULTIPLEX on Multi-level Complex Networks.

He has published numerous papers in physics and interdisciplinary journals, including Physical Review Letters and Nature.

His work on beauty and the stable marriage problem has been reported in the press. [1]


Caldarelli is the author of Scale-free networks a textbook for graduate students published by Oxford University Press. He also edited with World Scientific Press another book Large Scale Structure and Dynamics of Complex Networks on the activity of COSIN project. In 2012 he published together with the colleague and journalist Michele Catanzaro the book Networks: A Very Short Introduction by Oxford University Press. In 2016 he published with Alessandro Chessa the book Data Science and Complex Networks by the same publisher.

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