Fortunato Tito Arecchi
Fortunato Tito Arecchi is the Chair of Physics, University of Firenze. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at Politecnico di Milano, in 1957. From 1957 to 1970, he was a Researcher at CISE, Milano. In 1960–1962, he was a Research Associate on Lasers, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University. In 1963–1970, he was an Associate Professor of Physics, Milan University, and a Visiting Scientist at IBM Research Laboratory, Ruschlikon, CH, 1968-1969, IBM Research Laboratory, San Jose, Calif, 1978 and 1985. In 1969-1970, he was a Visiting Professor, Department of Physics, MIT; 1970–1977, Chair of Physics, University of Pavia; since 1977, Chair of Physics, University of Firenze; 1975–2000, President of Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (INO); and since 2001, a Scientific Associate of INOA. His main scientific contributions are 1) cooperative effects in quantum optics; 2) photon statistics and laser fluctuations; 3) deterministic chaos in optics; pattern formation in extended media; and 5) complex phenomena and cognitive processes. Recently, he received Max Born 1995 Medal of OSA and Enrico Fermi Prize 2006 of Italian Physical Society. He published more than 400 scientific papers, and many books: Laser Handbook, vol. 1 and 2. (with E. Schulz Du Bois), North Holland, 1972; Instabilities and Chaos in Quantum Optics (with R.G. Harrison), Springer, 1987; I simboli e la realtà, Jaca Book (with I. Arecchi), Milano, 1990; Optical Chaos (with R.G. Harrison), SPIE Optical Engineering Press 1994; Lexicon of Complexity (with A. Farini), Firenze, 1996; Determinismo e Complessità, Armando, Roma, 2000; The Scientific and Philosophical Challenge of Complexity, RUI, Roma, 2000; Caos e Complessità Nel Vivente, IUSS, Pavia, 2004; Coerenza, Complessità e Creatività, S. Di Renzo, Roma, 2008; and also Coditor of several Proceedings of International Conferences or Schools.
Biography Updated on 7 February 2008