It is with very great regret that the URSI Italian National Committee, the Italian Electromagnetics Society, and the Local Organizing Commettee of the URSI GASS 2020 announce the passing of the President Prof. Roberto Sorrentino, who has contributed for many years with his career of leadership, meritorious achievement, creativity and outstanding contributions to the development of the field of RadioScience in Italy.
Roberto Sorrentino served URSI as Vice Chair (1993-1996) then Chair (1996-1999) of the Commission D (Electronics and Photonics). Since 2007 he has been the President of the Italian Commission of URSI. He has been active within the IEEE MTT Society. From 1984 through 1987 he was the Chairman of the IEEE Section of Central and South Italy. In 1984 he founded the local MTT/AP Chapter that he chaired from 1984 to 1987. In 1998 he was one of the founders of the European Microwave Association and its President till 2009. In 2002 he was among the founders and first President of the Italian Electromagnetic Society (SIEm) that he chaired until 2008. In 2007 he founded RF Microtech, a successful spin-off company of the University of Perugia.
For his undoubtful professional qualities and his great sensibility, Roberto has been and will be a great example for our whole community.