Prof. PIERO BENVENUTI
- Curriculum vitæ
Piero Benvenuti was
born in 1946 in Conegliano (Italy). He is married and has two sons.
He studied at the
University of Padova, from which he received his degree (Laurea) in Physics
In 1970 he began his professional activity as Astronomer at the Asiago
Observatory of the University of Padova.
In 1973 spent two months as assistant of Prof. G. Herzberg at the "Herzberg
Institute", Ottawa, Canada.
In 1977 he moved to the IUE
Observatory of ESA (European Space Agency), at Villafranca del Castillo
(Madrid), as Resident Astronomer. In 1981 he became staff member of ESA
and was appointed IUE Observatory Controller.
From 1984 to 2003 he has been European (ESA) Project Scientist for the "Hubble
Space Telescope" Project and lead the Space
Telescope European Coordinating Facility hosted by ESO (European
Southern Observatory) in München, Germany.
From 1986 to 2005 he has been Full Professor (Professore Ordinario) of Astrophysics
at the Department of Physics of the University of Cagliari (Italy), where, untill 2003, he taught a course
in Astrophysics. In 2005 he moved to the Chair of High Energy Astrophysics at the Department of Astronomy of the University of Padua.
In the years 2000-02 he was responsible for the project AstroVirTel
as well as ESA representative in the AVO
Project (Astrophysical Virtual Telescope). Both projects began to be supported
by the European Commission within the 5th Framework Plan and AVO continued to be funded within the 6th FP.
In 2002, under contract by the European Commission, he conducted a feasibility
study about an "excellence" fellowship programme within
the Euroepan Research Area.
In June 2003 he was appointed Commissioner for the restructuring of the National [Italian] Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) of which, in October 2004, he was appointed President for a 4-year term. In April 2007 he voluntarily resigned as president of INAF and returned on duty at the Department of Astronomy of the University of Padua.
In June 2007 he has been appointed, for a 4-yer term, member of the Council of Administration of the Italian Space Agency (ASI).
His scientific interests include the diffuse interstellar medium, star
forming regions and supernovae remnants. He is actively involved in IT
applications to the field of digital astrophysics, particularly within
the Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (AVO).
He is active in Astronomy
Outreach. He lead the edition of the ESA/ESO
Astronomy Exercise Series. He is collaborating with the "Corriere
della Sera" italian newspaper and with the italian TV science news
Within non professional activities, he has an interest on Rare Diseases
issues. He maintains links with the SOFT Association (Support Organization
for Trisomy 18 and 13 and related genetic disorders) of which he fostered
the constitution of an Italian section.
Department of Astronomy
University of Padua
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