Arturo Falaschi

Arturo Falaschi

Arturo Falaschi (21 January 1933, Rome - 1 June 2010, Montopoli in Val d'Arno) was an Italian geneticist. He led a very successful life as a student, teacher and a science administrator. He graduated in Medicine in 1957 from Milan University and undertook two post doctoral studies. Firstly, with J. Adler and Har Gobind Khorana in Wisconsin, USA (1961 to 1962), and later with Arthur Kornberg at Stanford (1962 to 1965). His main field of research was the replication of DNA. He was Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Pavia (1966 to 1979); Director of the Instituto di Genetica Biochimica ed Evoluzionistica, CNR, Pavia (1970 to 1987); and Director of the Progetto Finalizzato “Ingegneria Genetica” of the Italian National Research Council (1982 to 1989). He taught Molecular Biology at the University of Pavia (1966 to 1979) and remained Director of Graduate School of Genetics, University of Pavia (1979 to 1984). He was coordinator of the Graduate School of Molecular Genetics, International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste (1988 to 2001) and Professor of Molecular Biology, Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), Pisa, Italy from 2004 to his last breath. As science administrator, he was responsible for the establishment of several research institutes and was a strong believer in the internationalization of science and an advocate of North-South collaboration. He was very articulate and convinced several governments in the developed and the developing world to establish a 2-component International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, with one component in New Delhi, India and one in Trieste, Italy; both devoted to research and training of young researchers from the developing world. He became the first head of the Trieste Component of ICGEB (1987 to 1989) and then Director General of both components (1989 to 2004). In the pursuit of his desire to promote biotechnology and its applications in Asia, he became the Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Molecular Biology Network (2006 to 2009) and then Senior Counselor (2009-to date). He had profound influence on the work plan of A-IMBN and played a key role in the success of this organization. On 1 June 2010 he died unexpectedly, but left his legacy as a great person and scientist. He will be sorely missed for his kind and generous character and his great humanity.

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