The take-off and internationalization of the University of Catania: Annibale Ric-cò and the Etna astrophysical observatory

Author/s Giancarlo Poidomani
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/1 Language Italian
Pages 9 P. 95-103 File size 147 KB
DOI 10.3280/ASSO2019-001009
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The "take-off" of the University of Catania begins in the mid-1880s. The process of growth and internationalization of the University and its laboratories is perfectly exemplified by the scientific and didactic activity of the astrophysicist Annibale Riccò. The progress and the quantitative and qualitative increase of the faculties (above all the scientific ones) was an effect of a political, economic and cultural "take-off" of the "Milan of the South" also due to the presence of a ruling class which alternated, sometimes without continuity solution, the political commitment (local and national) and the university one, creating a real process of osmosis between governmental and academic policies.

Keywords: Take off, University, South Italy, Catania, Sicily.

Giancarlo Poidomani, Il decollo e l’internazionalizzazione dell’ateneo catanese: Annibale Riccò e l’osservatorio astrofisico etneo (1885-1919) in "ARCHIVIO STORICO PER LA SICILIA ORIENTALE" 1/2019, pp 95-103, DOI: 10.3280/ASSO2019-001009