Eugene Mele (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 1950) completed a BS in Physics at St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia) in 1972 then went on to earn a PhD in the same subject from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978. One of his first professional posts was as an Associate Scientist at the Xerox Webster Research Center (New York). From 1981 on he has held successive appointments at the University of Pennsylvania (United States): as Assistant Professor from 1981 to 1985; Associate Professor from 1985 to 1989; and as Professor of Physics from 1989 to 2017. In this last year, he took up the position of Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Physics in the same institution’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.
In the course of his career, he has authored 180 papers in leading scientific journals, and served as a reviewer for publications like Science, Nature, American Journal of Physics and Physical Review Letters. Organizer of numerous symposia, conferences and congresses, in 2001 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.