Giuseppe Mercalli

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  • Birth

    HE was an Italian volcanologist. He is best remembered today for his Mercalli intensity scale for measuring earthquakes which is still used today.
  • His studies

    His studies
    Mercalli was ordined a Roman Catholic priest and soon became a professor of the Natural Sciences at the seminary of Milan. He was removed from professorship when he was suspected of liberalism for openly supporting a national monument to honor the great philosopher-priest Antonio Rosmini-Serbati.
  • Biography

    In 1885 he taught at the Royal College of Reggio Calabria, and then the otter professorship and become a professor of geology and mineralogy at the University of Catania.
    Since 1892 teaches Volcanology and Seismology at the University of Naples. In the same city in 1911, replacing Vittorio Matteucci as director of the Vesuvius Observatory.
  • Mercalli scale

    Mercalli scale
    He became famous for the scale that bears his name (Mercalli scale), which measures the intensity of earthquakes based on the effects that initially ten degrees, it was modified with an additional first degree in 1908, following the Messina earthquake, and later, to be composed of 12 degrees and become known as MCS (Mercalli, Cancani, Sieberg).
  • Biography

    Among its contributors, Achille Ratti, that would ascend the papal throne as Pius XI, which Mercalli had been a professor at the time of the Seminary of Milan, which was always a friend.
  • Biography

    Designing a reform of the center itself, based on a research program that included the study of the Neapolitan volcano and its eruptions, the recording of seismic and presismica (precursors), as well as the observation and evaluation of the results of field measurements .
    In the period from 1892 to 1911, meanwhile, teaches at the Liceo Vittorio Emanuele di Napoli (teacher, among others, Giuseppe Moscati).
  • Dead

    The March 20, 1914 died tragically in the fire that develops in your own home, in Wisdom in Naples.