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Pier Luigi Luisi

Pier Luigi Luisi
Current Position
Professor Emeritus at the ETHZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
Pier Luigi received his scientific education at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy. In 1970, he became professor at the Institut für Polymere at the ETH-Zürich and since 2006 he is part of the biology department of the University of Roma Tre. As a biochemist, he pioneered an active research in the self-organization of synthetic and biological systems, the origin of life, and semi-synthetic cellular systems (the so-called "mininal life"). Interested in the interface between science and humanities, in 1985 he founded Cortona week, legacy to this Todi-week, and participated, in 1987, to the foundation of Mind and Life in Dharamsala, India, with Francisco Varela and the Dalai Lama.
The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision, co-authored with Fritjof Capra, Cambridge University press, New York (2014).

The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology, Cambridge University press, New York (2006).

Giant Vesicles (Perspectives in Supramolecular Chemistry), co-authored with Peter Walde, Wiley-Interscience, New York (2000).

Mind and life: discussions with the Dalai Lama on the nature of reality, co-authored with Zara Houshmand, Columbia University Press (2009).