Coordinator of Phd programme in Chemical Science
Prof. ENZO TIEZZI
Work address: Department of Chemical and Biosystems Sciences University of Siena, Via della Diana 2/a, Siena 53100 Italy
Professor Enzo Tiezzi
After matriculating from Classical Lyceum Piccolomini in Siena, where he was born on 4th February 1938, he enrolled in Chemistry at Florence University. During high school in Siena he founded “Student Saturdays” with Manin Carabba and Dino Pieraccioni and organized a cinema club with Guido Ferrara.
His interest in magnetic resonance began in 1957 in General Chemistry II under Prof. Enzo Ferroni, continuing with the first two Italian EPR and NMR prototypes built at the Microwave Centre in Florence.
After teaching for 4 years at Cagliari University, he won a Fulbright scholarship to the United States, working in Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy under Sam Weissman at the Department of Physics, [Washington University] (1966), and as post-doctoral research associate under Barry Commoner at the Department of Biology, [Washington University] (1967). He published two major papers in this period, one on Fe+ in carcinogenesis (Biochimica Biophysica Acta) and the other on comparative EPR/NMR analysis, introducing the concept of medical applications of NMR and developing equations of correlation times for possible contrast media based on paramagnetic metal ions (Journal of Physical Chemistry). More than ten years elapsed before the first NMR apparatus was built for medical use.
He chaired the First European Biophysics Congress and was a member of the Chemistry Research Doctorate Commission at Leiden University, The Netherlands. In 1968 he qualified as a lecturer in Physical Chemistry.
In 1970, after teaching Physical Chemistry at Florence University for several years, he was appointed director of the Institute and later of the Department of Chemistry, Siena University.
He has been full professor of physical chemistry in the Faculty of Science of the University of Siena since 1979.
His opening address for the inauguration of the 746th academic year (1986-7) of Siena University was entitled Biophysical limits of the Earth and a new look at space-time categories.
He was member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament with the Independent Left in the tenth legislature.
He is member of the Accademia dei Fisiocritici di Siena, head of the Chemistry Division of the Academic Council and Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Academy of Science.
He was president of the Interministerial Committee for Environmental Research (Ministry of the Environment and Ministry for Universities and Scientific and Technological Research) from 1992 to 1997.
With Mauro Ceruti and Edgar Morin, he was co-editor of the international quarterly Oikos, for an ecology of ideas.
He created and directed the monthly journal Arancia Blu.
He has been on the editorial advisory board of Ecological Economics since its foundation, of Ecological Modelling since 1998, of Design and Nature since 2004.
He gave the plenary lecture at the FIAT International Conference in 1996 and has been invited to speak in Dublin, Madras, Florida University, Krakow, Lyon, London, Cadiz and many other venues.
With Sergio Rinaldi, Milan Polytechnic, he co-directed the First School of Ecological Modelling in 1994.
He coordinates the research doctorate in Chemistry and the specialisation in Chemistry for Sustainable Development at Siena University.
He is a focal point of Global Analysis, Interpretation and Modelling in the U.N. International Geosphere Biosphere Programme.
He was awarded degrees honoris causa from the Universities of Alma Ata and Sri Lanka and the Economic Progress Association Prize, Milan, 1997.
Co-chairman of: 4th International Conference ECOSUD 2003, Ecosystems and Sustainable Development (2003); 3rd International Conference on the Sustainable City 2004; 2nd International Conference on Brownfield Sites 2004; 4th International Conference on the Sustainable City 2006; 6th International Conference ECOSUD 2007, Ecosystems and Sustainable Development (2007).
Awarded the 2003 Eminent Scientist Award by the Wessex Institute of Technology, Great Britain.
He inaugurated the 2002-2003 doctoral year in Venice (for the research doctorate in environmental sciences) and gives plenary lecture to doctorates of the Milan Polytechnic (2006).
He received the gold medal of the Italian Chemical Society, Environmental Chemistry and Cultural Heritage Division in 2002 and that of the President of the Council of Ministers in 2003. In 2004 he received the Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences for Physics and Chemistry.
We was awarded the Prize for Art and Science, 2005, at the Palazzo della Ragione in Mantova and the Prigogine Award 2005, Senior Researcher Medal at the University of Cadiz.
We was awarded the San Valentino gold medal of the city of Terni in 2006.
He reviews papers for many international scientific journals and is editor of the new quarterly International Journal of Ecodynamics and main editor of the The Sustainable World series (WIT press, GB), as well as member of the Board of Directors of the Wessex Institue of Techology (WIT, GB).
He directed the SPIN-ECO project for the Siena Provincial Administration, financed by the MPS Foundation (more than 50 researchers; 11 Universities in Europe and U.S.A.; 3 millions of Euro in five years).
Enzo Tiezzi has written more than 20 books, many of which have been translated and published in other languages. The End of Time, The Essence of Time, Beauty and Science, Steps Towards an Evolutionary Physics, City out of Chaos, Plus and Minus of Sustainability and Mister Hyde strikes again were recently published in English (WIT press). Beauty and Science came out in Spanish in 2006 (La belleza y la ciencia, ICARIA). Tempi Storici, Tempi Biologici (Garzanti 1984) was a best seller in its sector with four editions in three years, winning the Locarno International Festival prize and being nominated book of the year in 1986 by the Italian Institute of Culture in London. The Essence of Time is prefaced by Ilya Prigogine, Nobel in Chemistry, Beauty and Science by Pietro Cascella and Steps towards an evolutionary physics by Sven JÝrgensen.
Tiezzi is author of more than 500 scientific papers, most in prestigious international journals.
His collaborations include those with Danilo Dolci, Howard Odum, Edgar Morin, Ilya Prigogine and recently Herman Daly and Sven Jorgensen. He has scientific exchange with the Max Planck Institute in Germany, the Massachussets Institute of Technology and the Wessex Institute of Technology.
He has organised schools and discussion groups on magnetic resonance with Nobel laureates in Chemistry G. Wilkinson (GB) and K. WŁthrich (CH). His students and collaborators have worked with Nobel laureates in Biology and Chemistry P. C. Lauterbur (USA) and I. Prigogine (BE). With the latter, fruitful exchange continued for more than 20 years.
In the eighties, he was part of the group of 25 scientists who developed the concept of sustainable development, meeting in Stockholm and Barcelona and later at the World Bank in Washington and finally at the ASPEN Institute in the U.S.
He gave lectures at the Imperial Colloge (London) and at the Wessex Institute of Technology (Southampton).
He has published two volumes of travel poetry with Marcos y Marcos and a romance (Rosaluna) with Donzelli. He has an on-going dialogue with many artists on the subject of science and aesthetics.
Recently his interview about the vision of the future has been chosen (together with Vandana Shiva, Erwin Laszlo, Ignacio Ramonet and Alan Cooper) at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (“Stock Exchange of Visions”).
Ernesto Cardenal, poet and former Minister of Nicaragua, invited him at the First World Meeting “Escritores por la Tierra” (Nicaragua, 2007).