Panel 1: Confronting the Challenges of the 21st Century

Vice President, Club of Rome

Roberto D. Peccei is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA, and a member of the Club of Rome. As a physicist his principal interests lie in the interface between particle physics and cosmology. As a member of the Club of Rome he is broadly interested in the kind of economics that needs to be developed to ensure a sustainable world

Peccei was born in Italy, completed his secondary school in Argentina, and came to the United States in 1958 to pursue his university studies in physics. He obtained a B.S. from MIT in 1962, and M.S. from NYU in 1964 and a Ph.D. from MIT in 1969. After a brief period of postdoctoral work at the University of Washington, he joined the faculty of Stanford University in 1971. 

In 1978, he returned to Europe as a staff member of the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany. He joined the Deutsches Elektron Synchrotron (DESY) Laboratory in Hamburg, Germany, as the Head of the Theoretical Group in 1984.  He returned to the United States in 1989, joining the faculty of the Department of Physics at UCLA. Soon thereafter, he became Chair of the Department, a position he held until becoming Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences of the College of Letters and Sciences in1994. For the last decade, he was Vice Chancellor for Research at UCLA, overseeing all research programs in the university. In July of 2010, he returned to the faculty.

Peccei was the Schroedinger Professor at the University of Vienna in 1983, the Boris Jacobsohn Lecturer at the University of Washington in 1986, the Phi Beta Kappa Lecturer at UCLA and the Emilio Segre Professor at the University of Tel Aviv in 1992, and delivered the first Abdus Salam Memorial Lecture in Pakistan in 1997. 

He has served on numerous advisory boards both in Europe and the United States in the last 25 years. He is Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome and is the President of the Fondazione Aurelio Peccei. Most recently, he also served as the Chair of the External Advisory Board of the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe in Japan.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics in the United Kingdom, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he received jointly with Helen Quinn the J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics by the American Physical Society.

For more information about Roberto D. Peccei, visit the Cadmus Journal website.

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