Carlo Maria Becchi
I am Italian, I was born in Torino on October 20, 1939, I got my university degree in Physics in Genova on February 2, 1962.
Since 2010 I am retired full professor in Theoretical Physics from the University of Genova, I have chaired the Physics Department in Genova twice since 1983 and the Theory Scientific Committee of INFN from 1997 to 2003, I have been Supervisory Editor of Nuclear Physics B from 1991, until 2013.
My thesis and first scientific activity concerned experiments on the nuclear photo-effect. During 1964 I begun a study of the theory of Elementary Particle Physics in the light of Unitary Symmetry and Quark Models.
Starting from 1971 I undertook a systematic study of Renormalization Theory, considering in particular the renormalization of symmetries. I begun studying the sigma-model and associated current algebra anomalies. Then I studied the possible extensions to gauge theories, this led to the discovery of the Becchi-Rouet-Stora symmetry. The Heineman Prize 2009 for Mathematical Physics has been awarded to this discovery. The years after 1976 were devoted to the extensions of renormalization techniques to various situations including String Theory.
My papers are available on the SPIRES archive.
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Research supported in part by the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare