Giorgio Parisi (born 4 August 1948) is an Italian theoretical physicist, whose research has focused on quantum field theory, statistical mechanics and complex systems. His best known contributions are the QCD evolution equations for parton densities, obtained with Guido Altarelli, known as the Altarelli-Parisi or DGLAP equations, the exact solution of the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model of spin glasses, the Kardar–Parisi–Zhang equation describing dynamic scaling of growing interfaces, and the study of whirling flocks of birds.
|Alma mater||Sapienza Università di Roma|
|Known for||statistical mechanics, quantum field theory, spin glass, complex systems|
Enrico Fermi Prize
Dannie Heineman Prize
Max Planck Medal
EPS HEPP Prize
Lars Onsager Prize
|Institutions||Sapienza Università di Roma|
|Notable students||Enzo Marinari, Roberto Benzi, Guido Martinelli, Francesco Fucito, Zhang Yi-Cheng, Massimo Bernaschi, Raffaella Burioni, Giulia Iori, Romeo Brunetti, Federico Ricci-Tersenghi, Andrea Cavagna, Irene Giardina, Francesco Zamponi|
Giorgio Parisi received his degree from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1970 under the supervision of Nicola Cabibbo. He was a researcher at the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati (1971–1981) and a visiting scientist at the Columbia University (1973–1974), Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (1976–1977), and École Normale Supérieure (1977–1978). From 1981 until 1992 he was a full professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and he is now professor of Quantum Theories at the Sapienza University of Rome. He is a member of the Simons Collaboration "Cracking the Glass Problem". In 2018 he was elected president of the Accademia dei Lincei.
Honors and awards
- Dirac Medal of the ICTP, 1999.
- "Giorgio Parisi is distinguished for his original and deep contributions to many areas of physics ranging from the study of scaling violations in deep inelastic processes (Altarelli–Parisi equations), the proposal of the superconductor's flux confinement model as a mechanism for quark confinement, the use of supersymmetry in statistical classical systems, the introduction of multifractals in turbulence, the stochastic differential equation for growth models for random aggregation (the Kardar–Parisi–Zhang equation) and his groundbreaking analysis of the replica method that has permitted an important breakthrough in our understanding of glassy systems and has proved to be instrumental in the whole subject of Disordered Systems."
- Enrico Fermi Prize, 2002.
- "World-famous theoretic physicist, Giorgio Parisi is an investigator of the unpredictable, this means of all that happens in the real world and of its probable laws. A pioneer of complexity, his research of rules and balances inside chaotic systems hypothesizing mathematical instruments, may take to great discoveries in all the fields of human knowledge, from immunology to cosmology. His is a research of the next “Ariadne’s thread” of the labyrinth of our existence."
- Microsoft Award, 2007.
- "He has made outstanding contributions to elementary particle physics, quantum field theory and statistical mechanics, in particular to the theory of phase transitions and replica symmetry breaking for spin glasses. His approach of using computers to corroborate the conclusions of analytical proofs and to actively motivate further research has been of fundamental importance in his field."
- Lagrange Prize, 2009. Awarded to scientists who have contributed most to the development of the science of complexity in various areas of knowledge.
- Max Planck Medal, 2011.
- Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science – Italy, 2013 Lifetime achievement award. The Prize is awarded annually to a different country by the scientific journal "Nature".
- Lars Onsager Prize, 2016.
- Pomeranchuk Prize, 2018.
Since 2016, Giorgio Parisi has been leading the movement "Salviamo la Ricerca Italiana" to put pressure on the Italian and European governments to start funding basic research above the subsistence level.
- Parisi, Giorgio (1988). Statistical Field Theory. Addison Wesley. ISBN 978-0201059854.
- Mézard, Marc; Giorgio Parisi; Miguel Angel Virasoro (1987). Spin glass theory and beyond. Singapore: World Scientific. ISBN 978-9971-5-0115-0.
- Parisi, Giorgio (2006). La chiave, la luce, l'ubriaco. Roma: Di Renzo Editore. ISBN 978-88-8323-149-0.
- Parisi, Giorgio; Auletta Gennaro; Fortunato Mauro (2009). Quantum Mechanics. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-86963-8.
- "Profile of Giorgio Parisi". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2006.
- "Simons Collaboration: Cracking the Glass Problem". Simons Foundation. 2016.
- "Il fisico Giorgio Parisi eletto presidente dell'Accademia dei Lincei". ANSA.
- "Giorgio Parisi". French Academy of Sciences. 1992.
- "Giorgio Parisi". National Academy of Sciences. 2003.
- "C3 Commission Award – The Boltzmann Medal". International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. 1992.
- "Dirac Medallist 1999". International Centre for Theoretical Physics. 1999.
- "Enrico Fermi Prize list of winners". Italian Physical Society. 2002.
- "2005 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics Recipient". American Physical Society. 2005.
- "Nonino Prize 2005 "An Italian Master of our Time"". Premio Nonino. 2005. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05.
- "Lagrange-CRT Foundation Prize winners". CRT Foundation. 2009.
- "The Max Planck medal laureates and winners 2011". Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. 2011.
- "Nature Prize for Mentoring in Science – Italy". Nature. 2013.
- "The High Energy and Particle Physics Prizes". European Physical Society. 2015.
- "2016 Lars Onsager Prize Recipient". American Physical Society. 2016.
- "2018 Pomeranchuk Prize Recipients". 2018.
- "Italian scientists protest 'serious neglect' of research". Science.