Ugo Fano UGO FANO PRIZE 2016
for Materials Science, Light Science & Life Science


Rome Nov 1st, 2016 we are pleased to announce the

Winner of the 2016 Ugo Fano Gold Medal


John Pendry

John Pendry

Professor Sir
Blackett Laboratory
Imperial College
London, UK

Scientific reference:
J. B. Pendry, Negative Refraction Makes a Perfect Lens, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 3966 (2000)

Personal web page:

John Pendry has made seminal contributions to surface science, disordered systems and photonics. His most recent work has introduced a new class of materials, metamaterials, whose electromagnetic properties depend on their internal structure rather than their chemical constitution. Pendry discovered that a ‘perfect lens’ manufactured from negatively refracting material would circumvent Abbé’s diffraction limit to spatial resolution, which has stood for more than a century. His most recent innovation of ‘transformation optics’ gives the metamaterial specifications required to rearrange electromagnetic field configurations at will, by representing the field distortions as a warping of the space in which they exist. In its simplest form the theory shows how we can direct field lines around a given obstacle and thus provide a ‘cloak of invisibility’, which was first realised at Duke in 2006.


Ugo Fano Prize 2016 and Ugo Fano Symposium 2016


Chairmen: Antonio Bianconi, Augusto Marcelli and Andrea Perali

Organizing Committee: Bernardo Barbiellini-Amidei, Antonio Bianconi, Augusto Marcelli, Andrey Miroshnichenko, Andrea Perali


Ugo Fano Prize and Symposium on Quantum Matter, Light Science, Complex systems, Materials and Life Science.


Topics: Fano Resonances, interplay of discrete and itinerants states, correlated disorder, non Euclidean geometries, coherence and correlations in living matter.


Ugo Fano Symposium 2016 Book of Abstracts
(free download)


Venue: Marconi Hall (1st floor), CNR Headquarters, P.le A. Moro 7, 00185 Rome, Italy

Program (download PDF)


See the talks on YouTube

The legacy of Ugo Fano and Ugo Fano Gold Medal 2016


1 - John Pendry

2 - Andrey Miroshnichenko

3 - Fabio Sciarrino


4 - Michele Parrinello

5 - Giorgio Parisi

6 - Fabio Marchesoni

Theory FANO RESONANCES in ultracold gases and superconductors

7 - Massimo Inguscio

8 - Giancarlo Strinati

9 - Andrea Perali

Hydrides high temperature superconductors

10 - Mikhail Eremets




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Winners of the 2015 Ugo Fano Gold Medal


Lev Gor'kov

Lev Gor'kov

Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida,

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida,

Landau Institute of Theoretical Physics

Scientific reference:
L. P. Gor'kov, "Developing BCS Ideas in the Former Soviet Union," in BCS: 50 Years, ed. Leon N. Cooper and Dmitri Feldman (Singapore: World Scientific: 2011), 107-126

Personal web page

Photo Credit: Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Lev Gor'kov

Mikhail Eremets

Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie, Mainz

Scientific reference:
Drozdov, A.P., Eremets, M.I., Troyan, I.A., Ksenofontov, V. & Shylin, S.I. Nature Nature 524, 277 (20 August 2015)

Personal web page


The physics of jamming: a journey from marble pebbles toward scaling invariant field theory