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Prof. Carlo Maria Gramaccioli-In Memoriam

Last Updated: 23rd Oct 2013

By Riccardo Modanesi

Last week Prof. Carlo Maria Gramaccioli passed away all of a sudden at 78 in his home in Milan. He was a great Professor of Mineralogy and Physical Chemistry at the University of Milan; the biggest majority of us should have already heard at least his name. He also wrote many books about our science; I'm quoting two of his works I read: their titles are "Minerali Alpini e Prealpini" (1985) (=Alpine And Pre-Alpine Minerals), and "Il Meraviglioso Mondo Dei Cristalli" (1986) (=The Wonderful World Of Crystals). These books are still valid as consultation works and still well used by the majority of the Italian mineralogists.
I will always take his teaching as a treasure and I will never forget the advices he gave me when I was a young boy at the University, where I had the luck of knowing him. He taught me many right methods of expecting and determinating minerals even directly on the ground (mines, quarries etc.) and I will always apply his methods in order to study my minerals as well as possible.
Of course I offer my condolences to his family and I will never thank him enough for all what he taught me. I will always consider myself as a student of him.
Thank you very very much indeed, Prof. Gramaccioli!
Riccardo Modanesi.

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27th Oct 2013 09:11 GMTErik Vercammen Expert

More than 30 years ago, I bought the German translation ("Mineralien der Alpen") of the book by Prof.Gramaccioli 'Minerali Alpini e pre-alpini", and I'm still very glad: a book written by a scholar who is also a collector, with regionale maps, with a good introduction into mineralogy, and with an original system to understand easily the symmetry of crystals (the same color for each 'type' of faces). And I am sure he has written much much more in his country, for it is rather rare for Italian books to be translated.
His passing away is really a loss for the mineralogical community. My condoleances to his family.

Erik Vercammen, Belgium
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