By Marco Fontani, Mary Virginia Orna, Mariagrazia Costa
This short bargains a unique imaginative and prescient of town of Florence, tracing the improvement of chemistry through the biographies of its so much illustrious chemists. It records not just very important medical examine that got here from the arms of Galileo Galilei and the physicists who in his footsteps, but in addition the expansion of recent disciplines reminiscent of chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, and biochemistry. It recounts how, within the heart a while, chemistry started as an utilized technological know-how that served to reinforce the Florentine economic climate, relatively within the cloth dyeing undefined. Later, vital clinical collections based by way of the ruling Medici kinfolk served because the foundation of well known museums that now apartment useful artifacts and tools. additionally defined during this textual content are the chemists corresponding to Hugo Schiff, Angelo Angeli, and Luigi Rolla, who have been lively over the process the subsequent century and 1 / 4. The authors inform the tale of the evolution of the Royal college of Florence, which finally turned the collage of Florence. Of curiosity to historians and chemists, this story is instructed throughout the lives and paintings of the primary actors within the university’s division of chemistry.
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Extra resources for Chemistry and Chemists in Florence: From the Last of the Medici Family to the European Magnetic Resonance Center
Before he died, Schiff drafted a will which provided a small pension for his wife, Ida Fiestmann Merzbacker (1853–1934), and for his stepdaughters and the orphaned daughter of the late Augusto Piccini (1854–1905), a colleague. In his usual maverick spirit, he decided to leave his stepdaughters amounts inversely proportional to the degree of affluence of their husbands: she who had married better would receive less. Faithful to the end to his ideas of social equality and solidarity with the unfortunate, he apportioned his entire remaining assets to establishing a foundation to distribute subsidies to Florentine workers who had become disabled due to accident or illness.
According to some witnesses, the impressiveness of the ceremony and the extraordinary participation of the people prompted them to associate this event with a funeral worthy of a prince or of a head of state . References 1. Bardi a Maria Luisa, senza data, in Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, fascicolo negozi (1807) cartella 16 2. Bardi a Brunacci, Archivio Storico di Firenze, fondo Bardi I, serie f. 548 3. Abbri F (1990) Scienza, potere e istituzioni nella Toscana lorenese. In: Gravina F.
After his death and with the agreement of the executor, the widow Schiff contested the will, alleging that her husband’s health had been in decline for many years and had rendered him a semi-invalid. She sued for compensation for all the time that she had served as his nurse. At the end of a regrettable trial, Ida Fiestmann Merzbacker Schiff succeeded in augmenting her pension by about one-third. The predictable, as expected, occurred: on leaving the scene, Hugo Schiff did not allow the University to be left orphaned of a famous scientist.