Marcelo Osvaldo Magnasco

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Marcelo Osvaldo Magnasco
Born December 14, 1963 (1963-12-14) (age 53)
La Plata, Argentina
Residence New York City
Citizenship Argentina, U. S. A.
Fields Theoretical neuroscience
Institutions The Rockefeller University, International Centre for Theoretical Physics
Alma mater The University of Chicago
Doctoral advisor Leo P. Kadanoff
Other academic advisors Oreste Piro
Mitchell J. Feigenbaum
Albert J. Libchaber
Doctoral students Guillermo Cecchi, Yong Choe, Mariano Sigman, Timothy J. Gardner, Thibaud Taillefumier
Known for Thermal ratchet, Auditory Physiology, dating the Odyssey
Notable awards

University of Chicago’s Sydney Bloomenthal Dissertation Fellow,

William Rainey Harper Dissertation-year Fellow

Marcelo Osvaldo Magnasco is a biophysicist and currently a professor at the Rockefeller University.

He is known for his work on thermal ratchets as models of biological motors,[1] auditory biophysics,[2][3] neural coding,;[4] other studies of biological networks such as leaf venation.;[5] and for placing the date of the solar eclipse mentioned in the Odyssey on April 16, 1178 B.C.[6] together with Constantino Baikouzis of the National University of La Plata.[7][8]


  1. ^ Maddox, John (Sep 16, 1993), "Making Models of Muscle Contraction", Nature, 365: 203, doi:10.1038/365203a0 
  2. ^ Ball, Phillip (Nov 2, 2001), "Canaries Change Their Tune", Nature News, doi:10.1038/news011108-2 
  3. ^ Cho, Adrian (Jun 16, 2000), "What's shaking in the ear?", Science, 288: 1954–1955, doi:10.1126/science.288.5473.1954 
  4. ^ Complexity Digest 2000.19, Complexity Digest, Feb 19, 2001 
  5. ^ Lichtman, Flora (Feb 19, 2010), Lighting Up Leaves, Science Friday 
  6. ^ Baikouzis, Constantino; Magnasco, Marcelo O. (June 24, 2008), "Is an eclipse described in the Odyssey?", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105: 8823, doi:10.1073/pnas.0803317105, PMC 2440358Freely accessible, PMID 18577587, retrieved 2008-06-27 
  7. ^ Bär, Nora (July 1, 2008), "Hallan precisiones astronómicas en la poesía de Homero]", Diario La Nacion, Edicion, Diario La Nacion, retrieved 2008-01-07 
  8. ^ Minkel, JR (Jun 23, 2008), "Homer's Odyssey Said to Document 3,200-Year-Old Eclipse", Scientific American (News) 

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