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Bruno Marano


Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Adjunct Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Curriculum vitae


Professor Emeritus

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)


Main  appointments

  • Italian delegate in  the Council of the European Southern Observatory -  (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 1988-1989).
  • Member of the ESO Scientific Technical Committee (1993-1997).
  • Member of the National (Italian) Council for Astronomical Research, appointed by Ministry of University and Research (1991-1999).
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Large Binocular Telescope Project (chair 95-01)
  • Director of the Astronomical Observatory, Bologna, from 1988 to 2001.
  • Director of the Department of Astronomy, Bologna University (2000-2006)
  • 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; 2010-2012, April)
  • Member of the Academy of Sciences  - Bologna (2012-)
  • 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 the galaxy;
  • 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. dissertations

(Last Update: 15/6/2017)




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