Paolo Cotta-Ramusino has been Secretary General of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs—winner of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize—since August 2002. He is also Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Milan, and Senior Researcher at the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics.
As a mathematical physicist Dr Cotta-Ramusino has concentrated on mathematical aspects of quantum field and string theories. He received his doctorate in physics in 1971 from the Università degli Studi di Milano. He was formerly Director of the Programme on Science, Technology and International Security at the Landau Network Centro Volta in Como. His research and teaching experience have included visiting positions at the University of North Carolina, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), and Harvard University.
In 1983 he co-founded the Italian Union of Scientists for Disarmament (USPID). He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the World Academy of Art and Sciences.
Dr Cotta-Ramusino is an internationally recognized expert on current topics in arms control, disarmament and conflict resolution and regularly lectures at leading academic, research and governmental institutions. This includes recent talks at the Italian Parliament, the Royal Society of London, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, as well as at the Parliament of the United Kingdom. His works have been published in a wide range of leading journals.