Dario Maccagni

Born in 1943, I always lived in Milano, where I got my Physics degree in 1968. I married twice, and I have a son, Filippo Marcello, born in 1987. I like traveling, playing tennis, skiing and bycicling (I am not too good in any of these sports, though) and spending money (in this I am better).

I have been a member of the Italian Communist Party and Regional Secretary of the CGIL Sindacato Ricerca in the late seventies and early eighties. Politically, I still define myself a follower of the late Enrico Berlinguer.

I always worked at IFCTR (now IASF-MI) after my degree, but for a few short periods spent at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, UK, at the CfA, Cambridge, Mass., at home on paternity leave, and at ESO. I got interested in many topics, starting with cosmic ray electrons, then moving to X-ray astronomy, AGNs, clusters of galaxies and cosmology. I did some experimental work, but finally settled on observational astronomy. I confess I like observing at telescopes and analyzing data, and I believe that observations must be the back-bone of astronomy and cosmology.

These are my papers I love most:

Beginning in 1995, I got deeply involved in the VIRMOS project, of which I am one of the Co-Is. This project is allowing me to end my scientific career by carrying out a large, deep, multifrequency redshift survey aimed at studying the statistical properties of galaxies at different epochs. I have been the Principal Investigator of the Phase A of the KMOS2 project, a multi-slit, multi-IFU, cryogenic NIR imaging spectrograph proposed by a large European Consortium as second generation VLT Instrument. Since January 1, 2003, I am heading the Milan Section of IASF, which became an INAF research structure on September 1, 2005. At the same time, I was appointed director of what had become IASF Milano.
Dario Maccagni
INAF - Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica di Milano
via Bassini 15
20133 Milano, Italy
E-mail: dario@lambrate.inaf.it