On the night of August 16th Prof. Giovanni Picardi passed suddenly away. Born in 1936
Prof Picardi has been during all his long career a brilliant and innovative radar scientist and
an admired teacher at the University of Rome Sapienza. Among the many radar projects he
carried on, he has provided fundamental contributions to all the radars presently operating
around other bodies of the Solar System and planetary radar sounding would not have
developed into the field of study we see today without his ingenuity and work. What he has
done and what he has given to radar science will remain for the present and future students
and scientists and the seeds of his activity will remain in the Italian and International community.