Luigi Toffolatti was born in Pieve di Soligo (Treviso), close to Venice, in northern Italy, in 1960. He got his Ph.D. degree in 1990, at the Department of Astronomy of the University of Padua, Padua, Italy, with a thesis on the cosmological evolution of extragalactic sources selected in the radio and far-infrared EM bands and on their imprints on the anisotropies of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). After a postdoc fellowship at the University of Cantabria (Spain), he got a research position at the Astronomical Observatory of Padova (OAPD), where he continued his collaboration with Professor L. Danese and G. De Zotti on the evolution of extragalactic radio and far-infrared point sources and on the analysis of CMB anisotropy maps. In 1994, he started to collaborate with the scientific groups who first proposed the COBRAS satellite project, selected and funded in 1996 by the European Space Agency (ESA), jointly with SAMBA, for the 3rd Medium Size M3 mission. This satellite project has been called “Planck,” starting from 1998. Later on, he moved to the Department of Physics of the University of Oviedo, where he got a permanent professorship position in 1999, which he still holds as a Senior Lecturer. In 2006, he has been selected as “Planck Scientist,” with the responsibility of the coordination of the Planck Working Group 6.1, devoted to the study of the statistical properties of extragalactic point sources. Currently, he can count more than 100 papers (75 published and 30 in press or submitted) in international refereed (JCR) Journals plus 40 publications from workshops and conferences. The Hirsch index of my publications is H=40 in April 2013 (from the ADS database; University of Harvard, USA).
Biography Updated on 22 April 2013