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Nobel Laureate Carlo Rubbia to Lecture at the Symposium on Ruđer Bošković in Dubrovnik

May 24th 2011

The lecture will be delivered within the framework of the international scientific symposium From Ruđer Bošković to Today: Contribution of Croatian Scientists to the World Scientific Heritage, organized by the Ruđer Bošković Institute, City of Dubrovnik and the Diocesan Secondary School from May 29 to June 2, 2011 in Dubrovnik.

Professor Carlo Rubbia is an Italian physicist and inventor who shared the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics with Simon van der Meer for work that led to the discovery of W and Z particles at CERN, thereby establishing the foundations of modern subatomic particle physics. He completed his university education at the prestigious Scuola Normale in Pisa, after which he spent a year and a half at Columbia University in the United States. In 1960, he moved back to Europe , where he worked at the then newly founded European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN. In 1970 he was appointed Higgins Professor of Physics at Harvard University, and in 1989 Director-General of CERN for a mandate of five years.

Carlo Rubbia's current research is focused on the problem of energy supply for the future, with particular emphasis on the development of new technologies for renewable energy sources. He is the principal Scientific Adviser of CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas – Spain) and a member of the high-level Advisory Group on Climate Change set up by the EU. Since March 2009, he has been Special Adviser for Energy to the Secretary General of ECLAC (United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America), and in June 2010 was appointed Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany.

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