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1Name:  Dr. Fabiola Gianotti
 Institution:  CERN
 Year Elected:  2019
 Class:  1. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
 Subdivision:  106. Physics
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1960
Fabiola Gianotti is currently Director-General at CERN. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Milano in 1989. As a Ph.D. student, Fabiola Gianotti worked on one of the first proton-antiproton collider experiments at CERN, the UA2 detector, which together with UA1, discovered the carriers of the weak force, the massive W and Z bosons. Next, Gianotti was involved in the ALEPH detector at the Large Electron Positron (LEP) collider at CERN, which made precision measurements establishing the Standard Model of Particle Physics. She was a leader in the design, building, and data analysis of ATLAS, one of the two detectors at the Large Hadron Collider, which announced in 2012 the discovery of the Higgs boson, the final piece in the Standard Model of Particle Physics. In 2016, she became the Director-General of CERN and is overseeing the operation and the upgrades of the world’s most complex and expensive science experiment, as well as being a leader in the design of the next global particle accelerator. Her research career is distinguished by her hardware skills (electronics on UA2 and liquid Argon calorimetry for LHC), software and analysis expertise (ATLAS), and leadership (ATLAS). In a field dominated by men for more than 100 years, Gianotti has established herself as the most influential high-energy physicist in the world today. Among her awards are the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2013, the Enrico Fermi Prize of the Italian Physical Society in 2013, the Medal of Honour of the Niels Bohr Institute in 2013, and the Magellanic Premium of the American Philosophical Society in 2018. She is a member of the Italian Academy of Sciences (2012), the National Academy of Sciences (2015), French Academy of Science (2015), and Royal Society, 2018. Fabiola Gianotti was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2019.
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