I am very happy to report that Professor Giorgio Parisi won another important prize, six years after winning the Max Planck medal. Parisi is an Italian theoretical physicist who is very well known for his decisive contribution to QCD, with the DGLAP equations (the P stands for his last name) that govern the dynamics of gluons. 

However his work did not stop there – after that result Parisi continued excellent research and it is not by chance that he collected prizes and acknowledgements along the way for the more recent contributions he has given to theoretical physics.

The 2016 prize called after Lars Onsager is given to Giorgio by the APS

For groundbreaking work applying spin glass ideas to ensembles of computational problems, yielding both new classes of efficient algorithms and new perspectives on phase transitions in their structure and complexity.


Congratulations to Giorgio – and I am also happy to report that I will meet Giorgio this year at the ICNFP 2016 conference, in Kolimbari, a nice port on the north-western coast of Crete. There we will certainly have some good time, and spend some time dancing the Sirtaki together!

(For those who do not know it, the Sirtaki is a greek collective dance that is very common in traditional Greek events and parties. ICNFP has one evening devoted to it).