Title: Retired Professor
Company: University of Trieste, Italy
Location: Trieste, Italy
GianCarlo Ghirardi, Retired Professor at the University of Trieste, Italy, and Consultant for the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP),
has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Science.
Dr. Ghirardi has taught as a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Trieste in Italy since 1975, and has been cited more than 8,000 times for his numerous contributions to physics. Additionally, he has been cited in 250 printed books by revered physicists like John Stewart Bell, Steven Weinberg, Gerard ‘tHooft and Anthony J. Leggett. He is the author of “The Ghirardi-Rimini-Weber Solution of the Quantum Measurement Problem,” a collapse theory in quantum mechanics distinguished for the proposal that wave function collapse happens spontaneously, thereby avoiding the problem of measurement. Dr. Ghirardi is the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and was selected for the pages of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the World.
Born in Milan to Aldo and Dina Ghirardi, Dr. Ghirardi attended the University of Milan to earn a doctorate of physics, summa cum laude, in 1959. He served fellowships in Rome, and has lectured in Ohio and Santiago, Chile. In 1961, Dr. Ghirardi joined the University of Parma and Pavia as an associate professor, and was welcomed by the University of Trieste in 1963. He was appointed full professor in 1975. Though retired, Dr. Ghirardi remains a member of the Academy Board and a physics consultant in Italy. He is the president of the Consortium for Physics of the University of Trieste, a government organization that bridges together IAEA, UNESCO and the ICTP to help developing countries bring their programs up to speed. Dr. Ghirardi is also known in his community for his written work. In 2007, he published “Sneaking a Look at God’s Cards: Unraveling the Mysteries of Quantum Mechanics,” and he has been on the editorial board of such publications as the European Journal of Philosophy of Science.
Dr. Ghirardi has been honored with a 2013 Member of Excellence recognition and a 1960 Prize from the Italian Physics Society, as well as the Spirit of Salam Prize. He was awarded the Primo Rovis Prize for Science Popularization, for having written “Sneaking a Look at God’s Cards,” and recently received the medal of the Province of Trieste for his important scientific contributions. Dr. Ghirardi is the titular academic of the International Philosophie Sciences in Bruxelles, a fellow of the World Academy of Sciences, and president of the Italian Society for the Foundations of Physics. He is affiliated with the directory committee of the Italian Society of Logic and Philosophy of Science and the Italian Physical Society, the New York Academy of Sciences. In his free time, Dr. Ghirardi enjoys listening and playing music, graphics, and photography. He is the proud father of Monica and twins Barbara and Lucia with his wife, Laura Cottini.
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