The international prize “Prof. Luigi Tartufari " for the Physical-Chemical area, among the most prestigious awards of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei has been won by Pasquale Calabrese, professor of statistical physics at SISSA, for the Physical-Chemical area. The prize, desired by the widow Tartufari in memory of her jurist husband, is awarded every year for four rotating topics. For 2020 they have been mathematics, physics-chemistry, geosciences and biological sciences.
Calabrese's work focuses on entanglement entropy in extended quantum systems and on his relationship with field theories. Before arriving in Trieste, Calabrese was a postdoctoral fellow in Oxford and at the University of Amsterdam, then a researcher at the University of Pisa. He was invited as visiting professor to the École Normale Supérieure in Paris in February 2009 and to the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris for three months in 2011.
At SISSA, from 2016 to 2019 Calabrese was coordinator of the PhD course in statistical physics, and thanks to his contacts with the International Center of Theoretical Physics (ICTP) he became a reference point for students arriving from all over the world.
SISSA professor Erio Tosatti, who endorsed Calabrese's nomination at the Academy Awards Commission, commented that Pasquale Calabrese deserved the award in recognition of «both for his international value and scientific and educational potential, and for his contribution to the excellence of the research in our country».
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