Pier Luigi Luisi

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Pier Luigi Luisi
Born (1938-05-23) 23 May 1938 (age 80)
Nationality Italian
Scientific career
Fields chemistry,
Institutions Roma Tre university

Pier Luigi Luisi (born 23 May 1938) is an Italian chemistry professor, who has worked in Switzerland.

When he is not doing science, natural scientist Pier Luigi Luisi looks for the purpose of life within the structure and function of life itself.[1] and extrapolate life's purpose from the activities of living organisms. He graduated in Pisa.[2] He holds the view the natural scientists should look for the purpose of life within the structure and function of life itself.[1]

Luisi has suggested that the concepts of "purpose" offered by science are a "mere mental construction" which depend on the social and religious traditions of individuals in the scientific community.

In 1985 Luisi founded[3] the "Cortona Week", an international, multi-discipline conference that studies "Natural Sciences and the Wholeness of Life".[4] Currently he is director of the Synthetic Biology and Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory and professor in the Biology Department at the Roma Tre University.[5]

In 2015, he started contributing on a monthly basis to the Wall Street International Magazine, by publishing his recent studies and reportages.[6]


  • The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision (with Fritjof Capra)
  • The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology
  • Giant Vesicles (Perspectives in Supramolecular Chemistry) (with Peter Walde)
  • With Zara Houshmand, Mind and life: discussions with the Dalai Lama on the nature of reality, Columbia University Press, 2009, ISBN 0-231-14550-0, ISBN 978-0-231-14550-3


  1. ^ a b c Luisi, Pier Luigi (1998). "Does Science See A Purpose In Life?". Center for Theoretical Study. Archived from the original on 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
  2. ^ "Pier Luigi Luisi cursus studiorum". Archived from the original on August 14, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
  3. ^ "Cortona - People". Cortona Week (in German). Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. 2005-06-30. Archived from the original on 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  4. ^ "Cortona week". Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. 2008-08-19. Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  5. ^ "Synthetic Biology and Supramolecular Chemistry". Roma Tre University. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  6. ^ "Profile of the author Pier Luigi Luisi". Wall Street International.

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