Roberto Bassani was born in Treviso in 1931. He began his University career in 1963 at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Pisa, where he became full professor in 1976. He is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Pisa. Professor Bassani has produced more than 280 papers, mainly in the field of tribology. In 2005 he founded the Italian Association of Tribology (AIT) and in 2006 he was awarded the Tribology Gold Metal.