CI-AMA honors Dr. Guy Dimonte

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The Cegliesi Italo American Association honored a groundbreaking scientist at its 43rd annual dinner dance on Oct. 15 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison.

Dr. Guy Dimonte was born in Ceglie del Campo, Puglia, in 1948. His family immigrated to Venezuela soon afterward, subsequently moving to America and eventually settling in California.

A product of the University of California system, Dr. Dimonte has spent his entire professional career in the Golden State, where he has dedicated himself to basic physics research.

With the ultimate goal of harnessing thermonuclear plasmas, he spent his early career working on experiments designed to produce fusion energy, first with strong magnetic fields and then with powerful lasers. He later took advantage of supercomputer technology to simulate the process.

Dr. Dimonte has written papers that have been published in more than 100 scientific journals. His research has taken him around the world, including collaborations in Europe, the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow and the Aricebo Observatory in Puerto Rico. He was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1998.

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