The most important teaching of
science is to say: I do not know.

La cosa più importante che ci insegna la
scienza è dire: non lo so.

Luigi Luca

25/01/1922 - 31/08/2018

Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza was an Italian geneticist, anthropologist, and researcher, both a scholar and an academician.

His enquiry focused particularly on human population genetics and biocultural evolution. He has been Professor of Genetics at the Universities of Pavia and of Parma (Italy), and later of Stanford (California).
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Funding Research

In Human Population Genetics

To promote research in Human Population Genetics, which has been Luca’s main field of enquiry, the Fondazione Adriano Buzzati Traverso has kindly accepted the Cavalli-Sforza family’s suggestion to establish initiatives to support researchers in this area of knowledge.
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Opening Science to Everyone

All of Luca’s scientific articles

From the button below, you can access the complete catalogue of Luca’s articles. They cover a time span of 75 years, from 1942 to 2017, and they concern all sides of Luca’s researches: from bacteria to humans, from immunity to schizophrenia, from evolution to languages.

We have grouped them by theme and inserted keywords to facilitate the research.

The Books of Luca

A catalogue of his works

History and Geography of Human Genes
L’evoluzione della cultura
Genes, Peoples, and Languages
The Genetics of Human Populations
Chi siamo

Remembering Luca

A day of celebration in his name

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Luca's Family and Friends
Images of Luca's life, of his family and friends.

By clicking/tapping the button below you can access all of the speeches delivered by his colleagues, friends, and children, on March 30, 2019, at Collegio Ghislieri, in Pavia (Italy).