Aldo S. Bernardo was born in Colli al Volturno, Italy on May 17, 1920. He served in the US Air Force from 1942 to 1946 and earned a BA from Brown University and a PhD from Harvard. Professor Bernardo was the recipient of the Order of Merit from the government of Italy, of American Council of Learned Societies, Guggenheim and Fulbright awards, and of various research grants. In 1974 he organized the Folger Shakespeare Librarys congress on Petrarch, Citizen of the World.
Professor Bernardo was the author, editor, or translator of a dozen books, including Petrarch, Scipio and the Africa: The Birth of Humanisms Dream (1962); Ritratto dellItalia with Rigo Mignani (1966); Critical Study Guide to Dante's Divine Comedy with Anthony L. Pellegrini (1968); Petrarch, Laura, and the Triumphs (1974); trans., Francesco Petrarch, Letters on Familiar Matters (Rerum familiarium libri) (1975-1985); editor, Ernest H. Wilkins, Studies on Petrarch and Boccaccio (1978); The Early Renaissance (1979); Francesco Petrarca, Citizen of the World: Proceedings of the World Petrarch Congress, Washington, D.C., April 6-13, 1974 (1980); Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio: Studies in the Italian Trecento in Honor of Charles S. Singleton, edited with Anthony L. Pellegrini (1983); Classics in the Middle Ages: Papers of the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, edited with Saul Levin (1990); trans., Francesco Petrarch, Letters of Old Age (Rerum senilium libri), with Saul Levin and Reta A. Bernardo (1992); and the author of dozens of scholarly articles, essays and reviews.
Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Italian and Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Binghamton until his death in November 2011, he served as the chair of the state-wide SUNY faculty Senate, chair of the Division of Humanities, and the founder and director of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies. Aldo S. Bernardo also served on the editorial and executive committees of numerous scholarly journals and societies.