I am a (retired) theoretical physicist born in 1935 in Trieste, Italy, My school curriculum includes a diploma obtained in 1953 at Thomas Jefferson School, St.Louis, MO. My work career includes a job at Mondadori Publishing House in Milano as Phusics and Astronomy Editor, then at ELSAG in Genoa as technical writer, at SGS (now STMicroelectronics) in Agrate as UNIX Documentation Manager, at Honeywell Bull Italy first in marketing of UNIX systems then as director of UNIX Bull Laboratory at Area Science Park at Padriciano (Trieste).
While at Mondadori I was editor of two books by astronomer Paolo Maffei ("Al di la' della Luna" and "I mostri del cielo") both subsequently translated in English and published by MIT Press as "Beyond the Moon" and "Monsters in the sky", this one translated by Riccardo Giacconi.
I have a strong interest in astronomy and space exploration and follow most NASA and ESA missions on my PC using RealPlayer and Mplayer in Linux.I used to climb mountains in my youth now I do some trekking and cross country skiing, I am married and have two sons.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I have been running 59 work units of SETIathome first because I also translated into Italian the "Cosmos" book by Carl Sagan and am interested in his ideas but also as an example of grid computing.
I like the idea of an international volunteer effort which closely mimicks the concept of "noosphere" put forward by Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,SJ, in his book "The human phenomenon". I am a little skeptical on the prospect of finding signs of extraterrestrial intelligence (the Universe is far too big) but I like the idea of cooperation among people of different nations, race and religion.
Even if we find nothing the effort is worthwile all the same.