Deceased Academicians

Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza


Date of Birth 25 January 1922
Place Genoa (Italy)
Nomination 2 August 1994
Field Genetics
Title Professor

Most important awards, prizes and academies
Awards: Catalonia Prize; Fyssen Prize, Paris; Balzan Prize; Accademia dei Lincei Prize.Academies: Member and former President of the American Society of Human Genetics; former President of the Biometric Society; Hon. Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the US National Academy of Sciences; Foreign Member of the Royal Society and of Académie de Science, Institut de France; Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. Honorary degrees: Columbia University, NY; Cambridge University, UK; University of Calabria; University of Bologna; University of Cagliari; University of Rome; University of Sassari.

Summary of scientific research
His research concentrated on bacterial genetics during the period 1942-1954 and has focused on human population genetics and evolution since 1951. 

Main publications
Cavalli-Sforza, L., The Genetics of Human Populations, Freeman (New York, 1971) and Dover Publications (New York, 1999); Cavalli-Sforza, L., Cultural Transmission and Evolution, Princeton Univ. Press (1981); Cavalli-Sforza, L., The Neolithic Transition and Population Genetics of Europe, Princeton UP (1984); Cavalli-Sforza, L., African Pygmies, Acad. Press (1986); Cavalli-Sforza, L., History and Geography of Human Genes, Princeton UP (June-July 1994); Italian edition published by Adelphi; Cavalli-Sforza, L., Chi Siamo, Mondadori (1993), English edition, The Great Human Diasporas; Cavalli-Sforza, L., Genes, Peoples and Languages, Ferrar Strauss and Giroux (1999), Penguin Press (2000), Italian edition published by Adelphi; Cavalli-Sforza, L., The Meaning of Nature, Scripta Varia 95, Vatican City (2000), pp. 195-209; Cavalli-Sforza, L.L., Il caso e la necessità - Ragioni e limiti della diversità genetica, 2007, Di Renzo Editore, Roma.

Professional Address

Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Genetics, Room 346
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305-5120 (USA)


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