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# PARISI AWARDED DIRAC MEDAL

Giorgio Parisi, professor of physics at the University of Rome

*La Sapienza,*is the recipient of the ICTP's 1999 Dirac Medal. He will receive the award at a ceremony to be held at the Centre later this year. Parisi's outstanding contributions to physics have spanned a broad range of topics, including elementary particle physics, phase transitions, statistical mechanics, mathematical physics, string theory, neural networks, disordered systems, and non-equilibrium statistical physics. He has worked at Columbia University, New York, USA, and the

*Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques*and

*Ecole Normale Superieure*, in Paris, France. He has also led the APE project for the construction of an advanced fast computer under the sponsorship of the

*Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare*(INFN). Parisi has written two books:

*Statistical Field Theory*and

*Spin Glass Theory and Beyond*(with Marc Mezard and Miguel Virasoro).

1999-09-01