Luisa has an MA in physics from Sapienza University of Rome and a PhD in history of science from Bari University, Italy. Her research interests lie in the history of twentieth-century physics, focusing in particular on the evolution of cosmic-ray research and neutrino astrophysics, nuclear and elementary particle physics, high-energy astrophysics, early developments of colliders in Europe, early research on thermonuclear fusion, and oral history.
From 2015–2016 Luisa was part of the project “Renaissance of General Relativity” at the MPIWG, undertaking research on the emergence of relativistic astrophysics during the 1950s and early 1960s.
Since joining the Max Planck Research Program on the History of the Max Planck Society (GMPG) in 2016, she has been working on the history of research undertaken in astrophysics, astronomy, cosmology, and space sciences at the Max Planck Society after World War 2 and, together with Juan-Andres Leon, is currently completing a book resulting from this research, which is scheduled to be published by Brill in 2020.
Her current projects focus in particular on the emergence of astroparticle physics.
Bonolis, Luisa (2017). “Stellar Structure and Compact Objects before 1940: Towards Relativistic Astrophysics.” The European Physical Journal. H 42 (2): 311–393. https://doi.org/10.1140/epjh/e2017-80014-4.Read More
Lebowitz, Joel L. and Luisa Bonolis (2017). “A Life in Statistical Mechanics. Part 1: From Chedar in Taceva to Yeshiva University in New York.” The European Physical Journal. H 42 (1): 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1140/epjh/e2017-80006-9.Read More
Blum, Alexander S., Luisa Bonolis, Roberto Lalli, and Jürgen Renn (2015). “La relatività dopo la guerra.” Le Scienze : Edizione Italiana di Scientific American 567: 48–53.Read More
Bonolis, Luisa (2014). “International scientific cooperation during the 1930s : Bruno Rossi and the development of the status of cosmic rays into a branch of physics.” Annals of Science 71 (3): 355–409.Read More
Bonolis, Luisa (2014). “From cosmic ray physics to cosmic ray astronomy : Bruno Rossi and the opening of new windows on the universe.” Astroparticle Physics 53: 67–85. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.astropartphys.2013.05.008.Read More
Bonolis, Luisa, Carlo Dionisi , and Nadia Robotti , eds. (2014). The legacy of Bruno Pontecorvo : the man and the scientist. Conference Proceedings 107. Bologna : Società italiana di Fisica.Read More
Di Castro, Carlo and Luisa Bonolis (2014). “The beginnings of theoretical condensed matter physics in Rome : a personal remembrance.” The European Physical Journal H 39 (1): 3–36. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1140/epjh/e2013-40043-5.Read More
Events at the MPIWG
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Annual meeting of the Italian Society for the History of Physics and Astronomy.
European Gravitational Observatory-VIRGO Cascina (Pisa)
Conference Luigi Bianchi. Between Galois & Einstein.
École Normale Supérieure (Paris), Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, Venice.
Prague. Symposium "Enduring Ideas, New Alliances: Social and Epistemic Factors in the Renaissance of General Relativity", 7th European Society for the History of Science Conference
European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, Prague.
Symposium Relativity at 100, European Week of Astronomy and Space Science.
Annual meeting of the European Astronomical Society, Prague.
Sapienza University, Rome. Thermonuclear fusion, Space exploration and frontier research in astrophysics: History and Obstacles. Department of Astronautical, Electrical and Energy Engineering.
International Solvay Institutes, Bruxelles
Harnack House, Berlin. A Century of General Relativity, November 30 - December 2, 2015
Sapienza University, Rome
International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste
Courses at the annual Winter School on History of Physics organized by the Italian Association for Physics Teaching (A.I.F.)
University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy