Born in Verona in 1946, Carlo Rovelli is an Italian physicist.After graduating in Physics in Bologna, he obtained his PhD at the University of Padua. He taught in Pittsburgh, Rome, L'Aquila, Syracuse. He is now a professor at Marseille University, where he is also a researcher, and at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Pittsburgh University. Rovelli's main field of interest is quantum gravity. In collaboration with Lee Smolin and Abhay Ashtekar, he elaborated the loop quantum gravity, one of the main theories to describe the quantum characteristics of time and space. In 1994 he introduced the concept of Rational Quantum Mechanics, an interpretation of Quantum Mechanics based on the idea that quantum states always depends on the observer. In 1995 Rovelli won the Xanthopoulos Award for Best Relativist under 40. In 2009 he was awareded the Community Prize. Rovelli is an honorary member of Beijing University, a full member of Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences and an honorary member of Accademia di Agricoltura Scienze e Lettere in Verona.
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