Premio "Giovanni Paladin"

La Società Italiana di Fisica Statistica - SIFS, ha istituito il premio "Giovanni Paladin", per onorare la memoria del nostro amico e collega Giovanni Paladin.

Il premio viene attribuito con cadenza annuale ad un giovane dottore di ricerca in Fisica che abbia discusso una tesi di dottorato nell'ambito della Fisica Statistica e dei Sistemi Complessi. Quest'anno, per uniformare i periodi di discussione delle tesi finali, la Giunta Esecutiva ha deciso di dare la possibilità di partecipare ai dottori di ricerca che hanno conseguito il titolo dopo settembre 2018.

Il premio verrà consegnato al vincitore in occasione dell'annuale Conferenza della SIFS, ovvero in occasione dell'annuale Assemblea plenaria dei soci SIFS.

Premio "Giovanni Paladin" 2020 - Bando

Commissione giudicatrice: Angelo Vulpiani (Presidente), Lucilla De Arcangelis, Vittorio Loreto

Vincitore: Dott. Lorenzo Caprini

"Per la qualità e l’originalità del lavoro svolto e la chiarezza di esposizione della tesi di dottorato, e gli interessanti contributi dati alla meccanica statistica dei sistemi di non equilibrio e in particolar modo allo studio delle proprietà spazio-temporali della materia attiva."

Menzione speciale ex-equo: Dott. Matteo Borgnino, Dott. Pasquale Di Gregorio, Dott. Lorenzo Piroli

Giovanni Paladin, Copenhagen, 1992

Giovanni Paladin was born in 1958 in Trieste. He received his education at the University of Rome and wrote his Master's thesis on the subject of 'Dynamical critical phenomena' under the supervision of Luca Peliti (1981). After the thesis he became interested in the theory of dynamical systems and chaotic phenomena, which led to the well-known work on multifractals in collaboration with Roberto Benzi, Giorgio Parisi and Angelo Vulpiani. He continued to develop new ideas within this field in a very close collaboration with Angelo Vulpiani. Since1982 they co-authored more than 60 papers, among which is a widely cited review on multifractals and a book on products of random matrices.

After his Ph.D. at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza' (1987), Giovanni started his 'travelling years'. First he went for one year to the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris (1987-88) and visited the University of Chicago (1988); then, finally, he spent one year at The Niels Bohr Institute and Nordita in Copenhagen (1989-90). During this time he established links with many groups and individuals, and he kept returning to these places, where he was a treasured guest. While in Copenhagen, Giovanni and Angelo (who remained in close contact) started a collaboration on shell models for turbulence with Mogens Jensen, and this work forms an important part of a well known book.

In 1990 Giovanni became Assistant Professor at the University of L'Aquila, and then in 1992 Associate Professor, again at the University of L'Aquila. Giovanni was a very gifted and creative scientist. He mastered the techniques of statistical mechanics and dynamical systems to perfection and was able to draw analogies between the various subjects he worked on in a very elegant and productive way. Beyond his technical contributions in research, he was also a very good teacher, with a keen interest in the education of young scientists. Six students prepared their Master's thesis under his supervision and two graduate students were working for the Ph.D.

In addition Giovanni took great interest in scientific popularization, writing some contributions for encyclopaedias and taking part in many conferences for students and high-school teachers. He was an extremely sweet and gentle person. Wherever he went, he made close friends immediately and he maintained personal contacts very carefully. One could always speak to Giovanni about anything, and he would listen and answer in his characteristic gentle and original way, always completely honest and deeply absorbed in science, literature, art and music (in particular, Mozart).

A funny aspect of Giovanni was his systematic absent-mindedness. He was basically able to lose anything: keys, books, papers, files, documents, money and so on. On the other hand he was lucky enough to find almost all the lost objects again. Among his friends and collaborators there was a sort of unwritten rule: it was strictly forbidden to leave the only copy of any important thing with Giovanni.

Giovanni loved the mountains and went to ski or climb as often as he could -almost every week. There, too, he had a large group of close friends, with whom he shared many adventures. One of his last outings was a long tour climbing and skiing down the volcanoes of northern Patagonia (October 1995). The practice of mountaineering added a new dimension to the purely intellectual side of his life, making it richer and more diverse. Unfortunately, on the 29th of June 1996 he tragically died in a mountain climbing accident on Gran Sasso near L'Aquila in Italy.