Alberto Mantovani was born in Milan in 1948, where he graduated in medicine and surgery in 1973.
After specialising in oncology, he worked in the UK and the US. Since October 2005 he has been Scientific Director at Humanitas and, since 2014, he has taught at Humanitas University, where he is now emeritus professor.
He has been the most frequently cited Italian researcher in the international scientific literature in recent years. His latest books are Non avere paura di sognare. Decalogo per aspiranti scienziati (2016), Bersaglio mobile (2018), I vaccini fanno bene (2020, with Guido Forni, Lorenzo Moretta, Giovanni Rezza), and Il fuoco interiore. Il sistema immunitario e l’origine delle malattie (2020).