"Enrico Fermi" Prize

The prestigious prize "Enrico Fermi" has been awarded starting from 2001, to commemorate the great scientist on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. The prize is yearly awarded to one or more Members of the Society who particularly honoured physics with their discoveries. A commission made of experts appointed by SIF, CNR, INAF, INFN, INGV, INRIM and Centro Fermi (Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche "Enrico Fermi") selects the winner(s) among a list of candidates and sends the proposal to the Council of SIF for final approval.

The Italian Physical Society awards for the year 2014 a prize of EUR 30.000,00 (thirty thousand euros).
The prize will be conferred during the Opening Ceremony of the 100th National Congress of the Italian Physical Society that will be held in Pisa on September 22nd, 2014.

Each Member can make motivated nominations addressing them to the President of the Italian Physical Society. Every nomination, complete with the required documents, has to be submitted through electronic mail, filling the application form downloadable from this page and must be sent to the address premio.fermi@sif.it within NEW DEADLINE - June 23rd, 2014.

For the 2014 prize the announcement and the form for motivated nominations are downloadable from this website.

List of winners

Enrico Fermi Award 2013

Premio Enrico Fermi
Winners
Pierluigi CAMPANA, Simone GIANI, Fabiola GIANOTTI, Paolo GIUBELLINO, Guido TONELLI
Citation
for the outstanding results that the five large international collaboration experiments at the CERN LHC collider – LHCb, TOTEM, ATLAS, ALICE, CMS – have achieved during the first period of LHC data taking under the successful guidance of the awardees as spokespersons.

Enrico Fermi Award 2012

Premio Enrico Fermi
Winners
Roberto CAR, Michele PARRINELLO
Citation
For the discovery of a Molecular Dynamics method known the world over as the Car-Parrinello method. This method has been a breakthrough in the field of numerical simulations, with great impact in many interdisciplinary contexts both theoretical and experimental, ranging from Material Science to Chemistry and Biology

Enrico Fermi Award 2011

Premio Enrico Fermi
Winners
Dieter HAIDT, Antonino PULLIA.
Citation
For their fundamental contribution to the discovery of the weak neutral currents with the Gargamelle bubble chamber at CERN.

Enrico Fermi Award 2010

Costa e Frontera
Winners
Enrico COSTA, Filippo FRONTERA.
Citation (Astrophysics)
For the discovery of the X-ray afterglow of Gamma-Ray Burst with the BeppoSAX satellite.
Iachello
Winner
Francesco IACHELLO.
Citation (Nuclear Physics)
For his contribution to the theory of atomic nuclei and, in particular, for the discovery of a rich variety of dynamical symmetries and supersymmetries.

Enrico Fermi Award 2009


Winners
Dimitri NANOPOULOS and Miguel Angel VIRASORO.
Citations
For the relevance of their theoretical results in the study of global and local symmetries in field and strings theories. To Dimitri Nanopoulos for the discovery of fundamental phenomenological properties of grand unification and superstring theories. To Miguel Angel Virasoro for the discovery of an infinite-dimensional algebra of primary importance for the costruction of string theories.

Enrico Fermi Award 2008

Premio Fermi 2008
Winners
Giulio CASATI, Luigi LUGIATO and Luciano PIETRONERO.
Citations
For their fundamental theoretical results in the field of complex systems. To Giulio Casati for his understanding of the relationship between classical and quantum chaos also in relation to quantum computing. To Luigi Lugiato for the discovery of instability-driven structures in non linear light-matter interactions. To Luciano Pietronero for demonstrating the onset of fractal shapes in a variety of self-organizing phenomena.

Enrico Fermi Award 2007


Winners
Milla BALDO CEOLIN, Ettore FIORINI and Italo MANNELLI.
Citations
For their fundamental experimental results in the field of weak interactions. To Milla Baldo Ceolin for her outstanding works on K-meson and neutrino physics. To Ettore Fiorini for his contribution to the discovery of weak neutral currents and to the study of solar neutrinos. To Italo Mannelli for the demonstration of direct CP symmetry breaking in the K-meson decay.


Enrico Fermi Award 2006


Winners
Giorgio CARERI and Fortunato Tito ARECCHI
Citations
For their pioneering contributions to the knowledge of coherence phenomena in matter and radiation. To Giorgio Careri for the discovery of quantum vortices in superfluid helium. To Fortunato Tito Arecchi for the first experimental demonstration of the statistical properties of coherent radiation.


Enrico Fermi Award 2005


Winners
Sergio FERRARA, Gabriele VENEZIANO and Bruno ZUMINO
Citations
For their discoveries that significantly contributed to the development of modern theories of Gravity. To Sergio Ferrara for his contribution to the discovery of the theory of Supergravity. To Gabriele Veneziano for his discovery of Dual Models, subsequently acknowledged as the theoretical basis for a string theory of Quantum Gravity. To Bruno Zumino for his contributions to Supersimmetry and Supergravity theories.

Enrico Fermi Award 2004

Winner
Massimo INGUSCIO
Citation
For his contributions to the study of atomic Bose-Einstein condensates, in particular for the realization of degenerate quantum mixtures of bosons and fermions, and the invention of new experimental techniques that allowed him to obtain the first Bose-Einstein condensation of 41K atoms.

Enrico Fermi Award 2003


Winners
Nicola CABIBBO, Raffaele Raoul GATTO and Luciano MAIANI
Citations
For their fundamental contributions to the theory of weak interactions. To Nicola Cabibbo for his theory of down- and strange-quark mixing in weak decays, in which the well-known parameter called "Cabibbo angle" plays a key role. To Raffaele Raoul Gatto for his pioneering works in the field of strange-particle weak decays and for his role of leader in this fundamental field of subnuclear physics. To Luciano Maiani for having introduced, together with S. Glashow and J. Iliopoulos, the so-called GIM mechanism which, predicting the existence of the fourth quark, allowed to solve the problem of flavour-changing neutral currents.

Enrico Fermi Award 2002

Winner
Giorgio PARISI
Citation
For his contributions to field theory and statistical mechanics, and in particular for his fundamental results concerning the statistical properties of disordered systems.

Enrico Fermi Award 2001

Winner
Antonino ZICHICHI
Citation
For his discovery of the first example of nuclear antimatter (the antideuteron) and for his works that paved the way to the discovery of the charged heavy lepton.

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