An Evening with Luca Turin
Luca Turin was born in 1953 in Beirut, Lebanon, to Italian-Argentinian parents. Brought up in France, Italy and Switzerland gaining his French Baccalaureat in1970. Luca studied Physiology and Biophysics at University College London achieving his PhD in 1978.Luca then worked at the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) from 1982-92, then as lecturer in Biophysics at UCL from 1992-2000. He is best known for his work on olfaction, in which he proposed a quantum mechanism for odorant recognition by receptors. For 8 years he was Chief Technology Officer of a venture company designing odorants for fragrance and flavors with a success rate 100 times the industry average. After returning to full time research in 2009, in collaboration with Makis Skoulakis Luca has shown that both flies and humans can detect molecular vibrations by smell. Luca then worked at MIT 2009-2011 and at the Alexander Fleming Institute in Athens, Greece 2011-2020. He was a Visiting Professor in the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Ulm, 2014-2016, and from Dec 2020 a professor and head of the Quantum Biosciences Lab at the University of Buckingham. Luca is the author of several books on perfume (written with his wife Tania Sanchez) and on the science of smell. He has also published a volume of collected essays I wrote for the Swiss magazine Folio.
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