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July 11, 2012
Ivano Bertini (1940–2012)
Ivano Bertini, University of Florence (Italy) passed away last week after losing his battle with lung cancer. Bertini was born on December 6, 1940, in Pisa, Italy. He earned his PhD at the University of Florence in 1964 and the Libera Docenza in 1969. He became Full Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry in 1975 at the University of Florence. In 1999 he founded the Magnetic Resonance Center (CERM) at the University of Florence, a major NMR infrastructure in the Life Sciences.
Bertini's research focused on the structure–function relationship of metalloproteins, explored with biophysical methods. He is particularly known for using NMR spectroscopy and for pioneering the exploitation of genome databanks, most recently to identify pharmaceutical targets. He pursued advancements in technology for solution structure determination, particularly for paramagnetic metalloproteins, and developed specific software applications.
He published more than 650 research articles and solved more than 150 protein structures. He was also on the editorial staff or advisory boards of over 20 journals in chemistry, biochemistry, and inorganic chemistry, including ChemMedChem, where he will be sadly missed.