V Gorici rojeni Italijanski nobelovec Carlo Rubbia, ki je nagrado prejel l. 1984 za odkritje bozonov W in Z, je novi doživljenski senator Italije. Poleg njega so to še tri znana imena, dirigent Claudio Abbado, nevroznanstvenica Elena Cattaneo, in arhitekt Renzo Piano. Iz cernovega sporočila za javnost
In 1984, Carlo Rubbia, then head of the UA1 collaboration, was awarded the Nobel prize in physics, together with Simon van der Meer, for the discovery of the W and Z particles – at that time two important missing components of the Standard Model. During his term of office as Director-General, the Large Electron Positron collider was inaugurated and the four LEP experiments produced their first results. He also mounted the case for the new Large Hadron Collider, which in 2012 led to the discovery of a Higgs boson. In 1993, the last year of his mandate, the World Wide Web protocol and code were declared “free of charge” for all time.