Lannutti Memorial Lectures

lannuttiframedProfessor Joseph Lannutti was one of the most prolific innovators of recent times. He joined the faculty of Florida State University in 1957, and brought distinction to that institution through his extensive contributions to the Department of Physics.

The Particle Physics Program which he established in that year projected the department as a pioneer in this most frontier field of physics. His foresight in the 1980’s led to the establishment of the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering.

He also pioneered the development of the Supercomputer Computations Research Institute, which later evolved into the School of Computational Science and Information Technology (in the 1980’s); which has recently become the Department of Scientific Computing (DSC). This unique endeavor has provided a fertile work environment for world-class science.

Professor Lannutti’s creative talents have also contributed to the excellence of the graduate research programs that exist at Florida State University. The fruits of his labors are to be seen everywhere. Ever faithful to his dream, he has contributed extensively to the development of education and practice of the sciences.

Nor were Professor Lannutti’s endeavors related only to Physical Sciences: at the time of his death in 1997, he was actively developing a novel form of mariculture applicable to northern Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has taken up his baton, and is implementing the project.

The Tallahassee Scientific Society was privileged to welcome Professor Lannutti as a member of the Board of Directors in 1994/95, where his timely direction and advice were very fruitful. The Society’s Board has established an annual Distinguished Scientific Lecture in memory of this eminent scholar who contributed so selflessly to the development of the sciences in the regions about Tallahassee, thereby furthering the prime objective of the Society.

Honored Lannutti Lectureres

1998
Paul Zajicek

1999
Hans Schneider-Muntau

2000
C. Paul Robinson

2001
Raymond Bye, Jr.

2002
Gerson Goldhaber

2003
Maurice Goldhaber

2004
George Smoot

2005
Edward W. “Rocky” Kolb

2006
Leon Lederman

2007
Homer Neal

2008
Boris Kayser

2009
Lisa Randall

2010
Brian Green

2011
Jorge Morfin

2012
Pier Oddone

2013
Michael S Turner

2014
JoAnne Hewett

2015
Pushpalatha Bhat