Ignazio Ciufolini

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Ignazio Ciufolini (born 1951) is an Italian physicist active in the field of gravitational physics and general relativity.


Ignazio Ciufolini graduated magna cum laude in 1980 at Sapienza University of Rome and was awarded the PhD degree in Physics in 1984 at the University of Texas at Austin.[1][2][3]

From 1982 to 1988 he worked at University of Texas at Austin as a teaching assistant, lecturer and research associate. He is now an Associate Professor of General Physics at University of Salento (Italy),[4] tenured since 1999, and a member of Centro Fermi, Rome.[5] He collaborated with John Archibald Wheeler, with whom in 1995 wrote the book Gravitation and Inertia.[6] He works mainly in the field of General Relativity and Gravitational Physics. He proposed also a method to measure the effects of gravitomagnetism using the data from the laser ranged satellites LAGEOS and LAGEOS-2.[7][8][9] Ignazio Ciufolini is the Principal Investigator for the Italian Space Agency (ASI) of the Laser Relativity Satellite (LARES) mission, a space mission aimed to improve the accuracy of the measurement of frame-dragging.[citation needed]

In 1995 he was awarded the Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence of the Association of American Publishers, PROSE Award, as author (with John A. Wheeler) of the best 1995 professional and scholar book in physics and astronomy (Gravitation and Inertia).[10][11]


  1. ^ Clippard, Lee (20 February 2012). "UT Researchers Send Experimental Satellite into Space". The Alcalde. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ignazio Ciufolini, PhD Thesis Title with Signatures". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "I. Ciufolini, PhD Thesis: "Theory and experiments in general relativity and other metric theories of gravity"". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ignazio Ciufolini personal card" (in Italian). Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ignazio Ciufolini personal page on Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi web site". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Ignazio Ciufolini and John Archibald Wheeler. Gravitation and Inertia. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey (1995). ISBN 0-691-03323-4.
  7. ^ Ciufolini, I. (6 September 2007). "Dragging of inertial frames". Nature. 449 (7158): 41–47. Bibcode:2007Natur.449...41C. PMID 17805287. doi:10.1038/nature06071. 
  8. ^ Ciufolini, I. (1986). "Measurement of the Lense-Thirring drag on high-altitude, laser-ranged artificial satellites". Physical Review Letters. 56 (4): 278–281. Bibcode:1986PhRvL..56..278C. PMID 10033146. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.56.278. 
  9. ^ Ciufolini, I.; Pavlis, E. C. (2004). "A confirmation of the general relativistic prediction of the Lense–Thirring effect". Nature. 431 (7011): 958–960. Bibcode:2004Natur.431..958C. PMID 15496915. doi:10.1038/nature03007. 
  10. ^ Ignazio Ciufolini and John Archibald Wheeler. Gravitation and Inertia. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey (1995). ISBN 0-691-03323-4.
  11. ^ "AAP PROSE Awards 1995 Winners.". 

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