Roberto Conti (mathematician)

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Roberto Conti
Born (1923-04-29)29 April 1923
Florence, Italy
Died 30 August 2006(2006-08-30) (aged 83)
Florence, Italy
Nationality Italian
Fields Mathematics
Alma mater Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Doctoral advisor Giovanni Sansone[1]
Notable students Giuseppe Santagati[2]
Known for Comparison method

Roberto Conti (23 April 1923 – 30 August 2006) was an Italian mathematician, who contributed to the theory of ordinary differential equations[3] and the development of the comparison method.[4]


Roberto Conti was born in Florence on the 29th of April 1923. He obtained his PhD. in mathematics from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, under the supervision of Giovanni Sansone, after which he worked as a research assistant to Sansone at the University of Florence. Their collaboration was fruitful and resulted in numerous articles, as well as the book (Sansone & Conti 1964), originally published in Italian, which was translated into a number of languages and became one of the standard texts on the subject in the 1960s.[3] In 1956 Conti became full professor at the University of Catania holding the chair of mathematical analysis until 1958, returned to Florence:[2] in Catania In 1963-1964 he held a visiting professorship at the Research Institute for Advanced Studies (RIAS) in Baltimore, Maryland. His research mainly focused on functional analysis and its applications to the theory of ordinary differential equations, dynamical systems and control systems.[3] His contributions to the development of the comparison method for the qualitative analysis of differential equations were particularly prominent.[4] He was a corresponding member of the Accademia dei Lincei since 1983 and a full member since 1994,[5] a foreign honorary member of the Romanian Academy since 1997[6] and was also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Differential Equations since its inception in 1964 until his death in 2006.[3]

Selected works

Books and book chapters



  1. Roberto Conti at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. 1 2 (Marino 2008, p. 2).
  3. 1 2 3 4 See (Villari 2007).
  4. 1 2 See (Corduneanu 2009).
  5. According to the Lincean yearbook (2012, p. 439), he was elected "membro corrispondente" on July 30, 1983, and "membro nazionale" on November 30, 1994.
  6. MEMBRII ACADEMIEI ROMÂNE, Membrii AR din străinătate (Romanian)


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