Tommaso Toffoli

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Tommaso Toffoli (Italian pronunciation: [tomˈmaːzo ˈtɔffoli]) is an Italian-American professor of electrical and computer engineering at Boston University where he joined the faculty in 1995.[1] He has worked on cellular automata and the theory of artificial life (with Edward Fredkin and others), and is known for the invention of the Toffoli gate.

Early life and career[edit]

He was born in June, 1943 in Montereale Valcellina, in northeastern Italy, to Francesco and Valentina (Saveri) Toffoli and was raised in Rome. He received his laurea in physics (equivalent to a Master's degree) from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1967.[citation needed]

Toffoli moved to the United States in 1969.[citation needed]

In 1976 he received a Ph.D. in computer and communication science from the University of Michigan, then in 1978 he joined the faculty of Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a principal research scientist, where he remained until 1995, when he joined the faculty of Boston University.[citation needed]


  • Cellular Automata Machines: A New Environment for Modeling, MIT Press (1987), with Norman Margolus. ISBN 0-262-20060-0.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Toffoli, Tommaso. "Professor". Archived from the original on 2015-02-03. Retrieved 2015-02-03.

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