Luciano Pietronero

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Luciano Pietronero
Born Italy
Residence Rome
Nationality Italian
Fields Physics
Institutions Xerox
Brown Boveri
Sapienza (CNR)
Notable students Alessandro Vespignani
Michael Joyce
Andrea Gabrielli
Guido Caldarelli
Known for Superconductivity, fractals, quantitative finance, cosmology
Notable awards Fermi Prize

Luciano Pietronero (born in Rome on December 15, 1949) is an Italian physicist (statistical physics) and full professor at the department of Physics at University of Rome "Sapienza". He is also Director of the Institute of Complex Systems of CNR. He is married, has two children and lives in Rome.


Luciano Pietronero got his degree in Physics in 1971 in Rome and moved firstly to the Xerox Webster research Center and then to the Brown Boveri Research Center where he stayed until 1983. After that he moved to Groningen in the Department of Physics as Professor of Condensed Matter Theory. He is now a full professor of Condensed Matter Physics, University of Roma "La Sapienza".

In 2007 he was the chairman of the 23rd edition of the STATPHYS conference held in Genova, and in 2008 he won the Fermi Prize, the top prize of the Italian Physical Society.


Luciano Pietronero is author of about 350 scientific papers, mostly in leading international scientific journals like Nature; Phys. Rev. Letters; Rev. Mod. Phys.; Physics Reports; Phys. Rev. B ed E; Europhys. Lett.; Physica A; J. of Physics etc. (Above 5000 ISI citations).

He is also the author of a monographic volume and the editor of several volumes of proceedings.


Statistical Physics for Cosmic Structures, by A. Gabrielli, F. S. Labini, M. Joyce and L. Pietronero, was published by Springer in 2004.

Institute of Complex Systems[edit]

In 2004 Pietronero founded the CNR Institute of Complex Systems (ISC). The Institute includes more than 200 scientists (in various locations in Rome and Florence) from different groups of CNR, INFM, INOA and Universities.

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