Deceased Academicians

Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza


Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza

Date of birth 25 January 1922

Place Genoa, Italy (Europe)

Nomination 02 August 1994

Field Genetics

Title Professor of Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine

Place and date of death Belluno, Italy † 31 August 2018

  • Biography
  • Publications

Most important awards, prizes and academies
Awards: Catalonia Prize; Fyssen Prize, Paris; Balzan Prize; Accademia dei Lincei Prize.Academies: Member and former President of the American Society of Human Genetics; former President of the Biometric Society; Hon. Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the US National Academy of Sciences; Foreign Member of the Royal Society and of Académie de Science, Institut de France; Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. Honorary degrees: Columbia University, NY; Cambridge University, UK; University of Calabria; University of Bologna; University of Cagliari; University of Rome; University of Sassari.

Summary of scientific research
His research concentrated on bacterial genetics during the period 1942-1954 and has focused on human population genetics and evolution since 1951. 

Main publications
Cavalli-Sforza, L., The Genetics of Human Populations, Freeman (New York, 1971) and Dover Publications (New York, 1999); Cavalli-Sforza, L., Cultural Transmission and Evolution, Princeton Univ. Press (1981); Cavalli-Sforza, L., The Neolithic Transition and Population Genetics of Europe, Princeton UP (1984); Cavalli-Sforza, L., African Pygmies, Acad. Press (1986); Cavalli-Sforza, L., History and Geography of Human Genes, Princeton UP (June-July 1994); Italian edition published by Adelphi; Cavalli-Sforza, L., Chi Siamo, Mondadori (1993), English edition, The Great Human Diasporas; Cavalli-Sforza, L., Genes, Peoples and Languages, Ferrar Strauss and Giroux (1999), Penguin Press (2000), Italian edition published by Adelphi; Cavalli-Sforza, L., The Meaning of Nature, Scripta Varia 95, Vatican City (2000), pp. 195-209; Cavalli-Sforza, L.L., Il caso e la necessità - Ragioni e limiti della diversità genetica, 2007, Di Renzo Editore, Roma.

Professional Address

Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Genetics, Room 346
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305-5120 (USA)