Ottaviano Fabrizio Mossotti: the Youth Years (1791-1823)

Leo Liberti, Dept. of Mathematics, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ, UK.

Tutor: Prof. E. Ortiz.

June 1995



Biography of the first three decades of the life of Ottaviano Fabrizio Mossotti (1791-1863), Italian physicist and mathematician. Born in Novara, he attended university in Pavia, worked in the Milan observatory. Escaped from Milan to London in 1823, where he stayed till 1827. He then moved to Buenos Ayres and successively to Corfu, where he lectured at the university. He went back to Italy where he was invited to lecture at the University of Pisa, where he remained until his death. In 1863 he was elected senator of the Kingdom of Italy.


I would like to thank Arrigo Triulzi for all the helpful informations about Mossotti he found for me on the Internet, Ferdinando Urbano for his findings at the Museum of the Risorgimento in Milan, and all the staff at the Archive of State of Milan for having helped me in my searches.

Figure 1: Ottaviano Fabrizio Mossotti

Ottaviano Fabrizio Mossotti: the Youth Years (1791-1823)

Leo Liberti

Thu Feb 26 22:27:51 CET 1998