Born in Grosseto, Italy, March 21, 1936.
Degree in Medicine, cum laude, 1961. He has been a student of prof. Giuseppe Moruzzi and under his guide he began his studies on the nervous system.
At present, he is Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology at the Scuola Normale Superiore.
Prof. Lamberto Maffei has spent several periods of time abroad for research or teaching purposes.
He has worked at:
Tuebingen (Germany) in 1967;
Cambridge (England) in 1968;
Cambridge (United States of America) in 1968, 1974 and 1979;
Boston (United States of America) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1973;
Paris (France), at the Collège de France in 1979;
Davis, University of California (United States of America) in 1983 and 1987;
Oxford (England) in 1986 and 1988;
Paris (France) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1996.
Professorships held abroad:
Zűrich (Switzerland), at the Institute of Theoretical Physics in 1972;
Cambridge (U.S.A.), visiting scholar at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1973;
Cambridge (England), visiting professor at St John’s College in 1978;
Paris (France), visiting professor at the Collège de France in 1979;
Davis (United States of America), “reagents’ professor” at the University of California in 1983;
Paris (France) “Condorcet chair” at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1996.
Lamberto Maffei is a member of the following academies:
European Academy of Science;
American Academy of Arts and Science;
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.
Premio della Società Italiana di Elettroncefalografia e Neurofisiologia clinica (Award of the Italian Society for Electroencephalography and Clinical neurophysiology) in 1965 (together with G. Rizzolatti);
Premio Golgi (Golgi Award) of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei for Neurophysiology in 1975;
Premio Giuseppe Giannuzzi per gli studi sul sistema nervoso (Giuseppe Giannuzzi Award for Research in the Nervous System) in 1976;
Premio Feltrinelli per la Medicina (Feltrinelli Award for Medicine) in 1979;
Medaglia d’Oro Golgi per le Neuroscienze (Golgi medal for Neuroscience) of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in 1995;
Premio internazionale Atena per le Malattie Neurodegenerative, Roma 2009;
Premio Delfini d’Argento, una vita per la scienza, Cascina, 2009.
Campano d’oro, 2011 – Università di Pisa
Premio Sante de Santis 2012 per il volume “La libertà di essere diversi”;
Premio Scanno per i Valori 2012 promoted dalla Fondazione Tanturri;
Premio Eureka 2013 per l’innovazione Tecnologica promoted dall’Associazione “Culture and Science” with Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca;
In 2014 he was nominated Cavaliere di Gran Croce al merito della Repubblica italiana.
La Visione: dalla Neurofisiologia alla Psicologia (Vision: from Neurophysiology to Psychology), Mondadori, EST Collection, Milan, 1980 (in collaboration with L. Mecacci);
Arte e Cervello (Art and Brain), Zanichelli Editore, Bologna, 2008 (in collaboration with A. Fiorentini);
Il mondo del cervello (The Brain’s World), Editori Laterza, Rome-Bari, 1998.
La libertà di essere diversi (The Freedom of Being Diverse), Bologna, il Mulino, 2011
Elogio della lentezza (In Praise of Slowness), Bologna, il Mulino, 2014
Administrative management and leading activity:
Lamberto Maffei was the director of the Institute of Neuroscience of the National Research Council of Pisa from 1980 to 2008. From 2009 he is the president of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. He is also a member of the Committee for Neurosciences in the Ministry of Education, University and Research of the Italian Government and of the European Institute for Paraplegia.
Lamberto Maffei has published more than 300 papers, of which 13 in Science, 5 in Nature, 1 in Nature Neuroscience, 2 in Neuron and 1 in Cell.