It is with great sorrow that CNR announces the death of Franco Denoth, Director of the Institute for Informatics and Telematics of CNR, Pisa, and former member of the ERCIM Board of Directors.
Professor Denoth had a long and distinguished scientific career at CNR, spreading over almost fifty years, and beginning with his participation in the design of the first Italian computer to be built for scientific computing activities. He was director of three Institutes in Pisa: the Istituto di Elaborazione dell'Informazione (1979-1994), the Istituto per le Applicazioni Telematiche (1999-2002), and the Istituto di Informatica e Telematica (IIT) (from 2002) and was President of the CNR National Committee for Information Sciences and Technologies. He was also Italian representative at the European Commission for the IST programme under FP5. From 1999 he was responsible for the Italian Registry of Internet Domain names and, since 2002, CNR delegate on the board of EURid, the European Registry of Internet Domain names. From 1991 - 2001, he was the CNR representative on the ERCIM Board of Directors.
Denoth was a firm believer in multidisciplinary research and his main scientific interests were in the application of electronics and information technologies to medicine and biology. He was awarded three prestigious prizes for his research in these areas. Author of many scientific articles, he was member of the editorial board of several international journals, and editor of a number of books.
Franco Denoth will be deeply missed by all his colleagues and friends, in Italy and abroad, not only for his scientific merits but also for the warmth of his personality, his willingness to share a joke and his readiness to offer advice or assistance when necessary.