Former Full Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics, retired Nov.1 2016
- Born in 1945.
- Laurea cum laude in Physics (1969).
- CNR research fellow and service in the Army (70-74).
- Assistant Professor in Astronomy in 1975.
- Associate professor in Astrophysics in 1982.
- Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics in 1987.
- Retired Nov. 1, 2016, for age limits
- Professor Emeritus (2018)
- Italian delegate in the Council of the European Southern
Observatory - www.eso.org (2003-2013;
appointed by the Foreign Affair Ministry and the Ministry for
University and Science)
- Member of the ESO User Committee (1986-1989; chair in
- Member of the ESO Scientific Technical Committee
- Member of the National (Italian) Council for Astronomical
Research, appointed by Ministry of University and Research
- Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Large
Binocular Telescope Project (chair 95-01)
- Director of the Astronomical Observatory, Bologna, from 1988 to
- Director of the Department of Astronomy, Bologna University
- National coordinator of PRIN (Research Projects of
National Interest): a) The VIRMOS/VLT survey : a key to the high
redshift Universe 2002-2003; b) Probing the evolution of galaxies
and cosmic structures after the "Dark Age" , 2004-2005)
- Dean of the Science Faculty, Bologna University (2010-12)
- Member of the Academic Senate, Bologna University (2005-2008;
- Member of the Academy of Sciences - Bologna
- Director of the Astronomy Degree Program (2013-16)
- Member of the Italian delegation for the constitution of the SKA-Observatory (2016-17)
Main scientific interests (see "research topics" for a more extended description)
- Large scale structure in the Universe: Study (in the '80s)
of nearby super-clusters (Perseus, Linx-Gemini) and of their
general statistical properties. Present days: deep
cosmological surveys (VIMOS, z-Cosmos).
- Globular Clusters in M31; study of their kinematics, mass of
- Complete samples of faint quasars, multi-wavelength studies
(optical, X-rays, radio) of deep samples, contribution of the
resolved sources to the X-ray Background.
- New generation ground based telescopes
- Physics (1978-79)
- Astronomy (1976/77; 1998-2003)
- Astrophysics (1982/86)
- Cosmology (2002)
- Foundations of Astronomy (2003-2009) (for Math.)
- Astronomical Optics (2003-)
- Instrumentation for Astrophysics, with lab (2003-2016)
Supervisor of about 50 “laurea” dissertations and 20 Ph.D.
(Last Update: 15/6/2017)