Born in Torino (Turin), Italy, February 6, 1948.
1972, March 25. Obtained his first degree ("Laurea")
in Physics at the University of Turin with the top mark of 110 points
out of 110 and "praise" ("lode").
1974, March 27. Obtained a second degree ("Laurea") in
Mathematics at the University of Turin again with the top mark of 110
points out of 110 and "praise" ("lode").
1974, October 1. Awarded a "Council of Europe Higher Education
Scholarship" by the British Council, enabling him to read for a Ph.
D. at the Department of Mathematics of the University of London King's
College. There he obtained his Ph. D. on September 24, 1980. His thesis
embodied the Karhunen-Loeve eigenfunctions of the power-like time-rescaled
Brownian motion, later published in several papers.
1977, June 2. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship enabling him to study
and reside in New York City. There he researched the theory of stochastic
processes at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Polytechnic
Institute (now Polytechnic University) of New York.
1985, September 19. Joined the Space Systems Group of Aeritalia
(now Alenia Spazio), in Turin, as a technical expert for the design of
artificial satellites. At Alenia, he is involved in the design of space
missions like the Quasat satellite for radioastronomy, the Tethered Satellite
flown by the U.S. Space Shuttle in 1992 and 1996, the design of a Solar
Sail to reach Mars while being pushed by sunlight, etc.
1993, May 30. Submitted a formal M3 Proposal to ESA for the design,
construction and launch of the "FOCAL" space mission. This spacecraft/antenna
is intended to be launched outside the solar system to the distance of
550 Astronomical Units (3.17 light days) to exploit the huge radio magnification
provided by the gravitational lens of the Sun, as predicted by general
1994, October. His first book was published in the United States
by IPI Press. Entitled "Telecommunications, KLT and Relativity"
1997, October 5. Elected "Corresponding Member" of the
International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in the Class of the Engineering
1998, February. His second book was published in the United States
by IPI Press. Entitled "The Sun as a Gravitational Lens: Proposed
Space Missions" (ISBN 1-880930-10-2).
1999, October 3. His second book (on the Sun's gravity lens and
space missions) was awarded the "1999 Book Award for the Engineering
Sciences" by the International Academy of Astronautics.
2000, October. Elected Co-Vice Chair of the SETI Committee of the
International Academy of Astronautics and appointed Coordinator of the
IAA Cosmic Study on the "Lunar Farside Radio Lab".
2001, September 2. Asteroid 11264 was named "Claudiomaccone"
in his honor by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The relevant
IAU motivation spells: "Claudio Maccone (b. 1948), an Italian scientific
researcher and technical expert at the Alenia Spazio in Turin, has participated
in the design of some scientific space missions and submitted a proposal
for a space mission to exploit the radio magnifications provided by the
gravitational lens of the Sun" (IAU Minor Planet Circulars 43382
and 54279). Data about this asteroid are found at the NASA site http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=11264;orb=1
2001, September 30. Elected "Full Member" of the International
Academy of Astronautics.
2002, April 27. Awarded the "Giordano Bruno Award"
by the SETI League "for technical excellence in the service of SETI",
as described at the web site http://www.setileague.org/awards/brunowin.htm.
2004, December 30. Early retirement from Alenia Spazio gave him
full time and freedom for research.
2008, September 22-26. Organized the international SETI conference “First IAA Symposium on Searching for Life Signatures” at UNESCO in Paris, site: http://www.iaaseti.org/searchingforlife.htm .
2009, March. His new 400-pages technical book entitled “Deep Space Flight and Communications” was published by Praxis-Springer, web site: http://www.springer.com/978-3-540-72942-6 .
2010, July 1. He was named Technical Director of the International Academy of Astronautics for Scientific Space Exploration, web site: http://iaaweb.org/content/view/170/286/ .
2012, September. His new 724-pages technical book entitled “Mathematical SETI” was published by Praxis-Springer, web site: http://rd.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-27437-4/page/1 .
2012, October 3. He was elected Chair of the IAA SETI Permanent Committee (succeding Dr. Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute) for the next 5 years (2012-2017), web site: http://www.setileague.org/iaaseti/.
Has published nearly 100 scientific and technical papers, most of them in “Acta Astronautica”.