Gianni Dal Maso (born 1954) is an Italian mathematician who is active in the fields of partial differential equations, calculus of variations and applied mathematics.

Gianni Dal Maso
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Nationality Italy
Alma materScuola Normale Superiore
AwardsCaccioppoli Prize (1990)
Scientific career
InstitutionsInternational School for Advanced Studies
Doctoral advisorEnnio De Giorgi


Scientific activityEdit

Dal Maso studied at Scuola Normale Superiore under the guidance of Ennio De Giorgi and is professor of mathematics at the International School for Advanced Studies at Trieste, where he also serves as deputy director. Dal Maso has dealt with a number of questions related to partial differential equations and calculus of variations, covering a range of topics going from lower semicontinuity problems for multiple integrals to existence theorem for so called free discontinuity problems,[1] from the study of asymptotic behaviour of variational problems via so called Γ-convergence methods[2] to fine properties of solutions to obstacle problems.[3] In the last years he has been considerably involved in the study of problems arising from applied mathematics, developing methods aimed at describing the evolution of fractures in plasticity problems.[4]


Dal Maso has been awarded the Caccioppoli prize in 1990, the "Medaglia dei XL per la Matematica" by the Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze, the Prize of the Minister for the Cultural Heritage for Mathematics and Mechanics by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in 2003 and the Amerio prize by the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere in 2005. He has been invited speaker and the third European Congress of Mathematics in 2000 and EMS lecturer in 2002.[5] In 2012 he has been awarded an ERC grant.[6]


  1. ^ Maso, G.; Morel, J. M.; Solimini, S. (1992). "A variational method in image segmentation: Existence and approximation results". Acta Mathematica. 168: 89–151. doi:10.1007/BF02392977.
  2. ^ An introduction to Γ-convergence. Birkhauser. 1993. ISBN 9780817636791. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  3. ^ "Caccioppoli prize citation". Italian Mathematical Union. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  4. ^ Maso, Gianni Dal; Francfort, Gilles A.; Toader, Rodica (2005). "Quasistatic crack growth in nonlinear elasticity". Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis. 176 (2): 165–225. doi:10.1007/s00205-004-0351-4.
  5. ^ "List of EMS lecturers". European Mathematical Society. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  6. ^ "ERC funded projects". European Research Council. Retrieved May 22, 2013.

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