Prof. Massimo Tarenghi

Prof. Dr. Massimo Tarenghi was born in Monza on July 30th,1945. He graduated in Physics at Milan University, and after spending some time at the Arizona Steward Observatory he started to work as a scholarship holder at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in 1977. Afterward, he became a member of the international staff of ESO in 1979.

From 1983 to 1881 he has been Director of the Project of the New Technology Telescope (NTT) European Southern Observatory funded by the entrance of Italy and Switzerland in the Organisation.

Since 1988 he has assumed various responsibilities in the project VLT (Very Large Telescope), and then became in 1991 the VLT Program Manager and Director of the Division of the VLT, in addition to holding from January 1996 to October 1999 the position of Director of Paranal.

From April 2003 to April 2008 held the office of Director of ALMA and from 2008 to 2013 was the Representative of ESO in Chile.Winner of a national competition of full professor in the period of 1985 – 1988 was a professor of astrophysics at the University of Milan.

His research interests include galaxy clusters, the distribution of matter on a large scale, and active nuclei. He received the Chilean nationality “by grace” in 2013 and is a member of the Accademia dei Lincei. Massimo is also Commendatore of the Italian Republic. Decorated with the “Bernardo O’Higg Grand Cross” by the Chilean government, in 2006 he also received the “International Award Barsanti and Matteucci.”

In 2013 he received the “Tycho Brahe Award”.