Obituary of Roberto Sorrentino

Roberto Sorrentino
(1947 – 2020)


Professor Roberto Sorrentino passed away on Tuesday, 3 March 2020. He was an electronics engineer who had a distinguished career in the field of microwave and millimeter wave circuits and antennas.


He received his doctoral degree in electronic engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy, in 1971 and he began his career as an Assistant Professor at “La Sapienza” University in 1974. From 1986 to 1990 he was a Professor at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and in November 1990 he became a Professor at the University of Perugia. Between 1983 and 1986 he was a Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2007 he founded a successful spin-off company from the University of Perugia. He was the author of more than 150 technical papers in international journals and 200 refereed conference papers.


Roberto Sorrentino was an active member of the IEEE, Chair of the Central and South Italy Section, and an active member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) throughout his career. In 1990 he was elevated to IEEE Fellow. He has received several MTT-S Awards and in 2000 the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.


In January 2020 Roberto Sorrentino was awarded the prestigious honor of the Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for his commitment in the field of research.


Roberto Sorrentino was an outstanding member of IEEE because his achievements combined excellence in different fields. He was a gifted educator and many of his former PhD students are now well-respected members of the scientific community, in Italy and internationally.