Piano, Rubbia, Abbado, Cattaneo named life Senators
Pres ups No to 6 after Andreotti, Colombo, Pininfarina deaths30 August, 12:51
(ANSA) - Rome, August 30 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday named architect Renzo Piano, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Carlo Rubbia, conductor Claudio Abbado and stem-cell pioneer Elenea Cattaneo life Senators.
They join ex-Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and former premier Mario Monti in the honorary office in the upper house.
Napolitano said he was filling the gaps "sadly left" by the deaths of seven-time premier Giulio Andreotti, ex-premier Emilio Colombo and car designer Sergio Pininfarina over the last year.