Pietronero studied physics in Rome and was a research scientist at Xerox Webster and Brown Boveri. He then moved to Groningen, where he was professor in condensed matter theory. Since 1987 he is professor of physics at the University of Rome “Sapienza” and director of the Institute for Complex Systems, which he founded in 2004. Luciano was chairman of StatPhys 23 and recently won the Fermi Prize, the highest award of the Italian Physical Society. He joined LIMS in 2010.