Tito Arecchi

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Tito Arecchi
Born11 December 1933
Died15 February 2021(2021-02-15) (aged 87)
Florence, Italy

Tito Arecchi (11 December 1933 – 15 February 2021) was an Italian physicist who made significant contributions to laser physics and quantum optics.


Arecchi graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1957 with a degree in electrical engineering. He became an assistant professor at the University of Milan in 1963 and a physics professor at the University of Pavia in 1970. From 1975 until his retirement in 2008, he was a physics professor at the University of Florence. He also served as a guest professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1969 to 1970 and was invited to IBM research laboratories in San Jose and Zurich.

Arecchi was President of the  [it] from 1975 to 2000.[1] In 1995, he was awarded the Max Born Award by The Optical Society.[2] In 2006, the Italian Physical Society awarded he and Giorgio Careri the Premio Enrico Fermi for their contributions to the study of radiation and matter.

Arecchi died from a fall in Florence on 15 February 2021 at the age of 87.[3][4]


  • Instabilities and Chaos in Quantum Optics (1987)
  • I simboli e la realtà (1990)
  • Optical chaos (selected papers on) (1994)
  • Lexicon of Complexity (1996)
  • Determinismo e Complessità (2000)
  • Caos e Complessità nel Vivente (2004)
  • Coerenza, Complessità, Creatività (2007)


  1. ^ "Fortunato Tito Arecchi". Istituto Nazionale di ottica (in Italian).
  2. ^ "Max Born Award". The Optical Society.
  3. ^ "Firenze, è morto Tito Arecchi: fisico, pioniere dei laser". La Repubblica (in Italian). 16 February 2021.
  4. ^ "In Memoriam: F. Tito Arecchi V, 1933-2021". osa.org. 15 February 2021.

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