Paolo Giommi is a scientist active in the field of space science and astro-particle physics who is author or co-author of over 1000 publications (375 in refereed journals), with a total of more than 38,000 citations and an H index of 93 (data from Google scholar). Currently he works at the Italian Space Agency (ASI) where he acts as the director of the ASI Science Data Center (ASDC).
Paolo obtained his Italian degree of Laurea in Physics at the University of Milan
in 1980. His professional career started at the end of 1980 when he joined the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics (Cambridge, MA, USA) as an ESA research fellow.
At CfA he worked mostly on X-ray data from the "Einstein Observatory"
concentrating on studies of QSOs, BL Lacertae objects and X-ray surveys.
In 1982 he joined the EXOSAT Observatory team at the ESA establishment of ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany where he worked for over four years as a Duty Scientist, deeply involved in the scientific operations of the EXOSAT satellite and in the construction of the EXOSAT results database, one of the first astronomical archives to become available on the Web. In Darmstadt he continued his research in the field of extragalactic X-ray astronomy and led the data analysis and follow up observations program of the EXOSAT High Galactic Latitude Survey.
At the end of the EXOSAT orbital operations Paolo moved to ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, where he played a key role in the development of the EXOSAT on-line archive and in the construction of a number of multi-mission X-ray data analysis software packages, some of which still in use (e.g. XIMAGE, BROWSE).
In 1991 he joined the European Space Information System (ESIS) team, at ESA-ESRIN in Frascati, Italy as the ESIS Senior Scientist. In this period he collaborated with various international teams active in archival research, in particular with the NASA/HEASARC group.
In July 1995 he became a member of the BeppoSAX team as the manager of the BeppoSAX Science Data Center in Rome.
Since the year 2000 he is the managing director of the the ASI Science Data Center (ASDC). In the past years he also acted as the italian Lead Scientist of the Simbol-X hard-X-ray mission. Currently he is also a senior member of the "Esploration and observation of the Universe" unit of the Italian Space Agency.
Paolo's scientific activities have been mostly focused in the area of extragalactic astrophysics since the beginning of his career, which started in the field of AGN surveys using data from the Einstein and EXOSAT X-ray astronomy satellites. A good fraction of his scientific efforts has been dedicated to multi-frequency studies of blazars, an activity that resulted in many highly cited publications, making Paolo one of the world's experts in the field. Other important topics in Paolo's scientific interests are Gamma-ray bursts and cosmology. He is currently a member of the faculty of the International Relativistic Astrophysics (IRAP) PhD program.
Paolo was awarded the "Bruno Rossi Prize"
four times, in 1998, 2007, 2011 and 2012 as a key player of the BeppoSAX, Swift, Fermi and AGILE
His name is included in the 2014 and 2015 Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited researchers