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History Week

October 24th, 2009
Aula Absidale Santa Lucia, Bologna

History Week 2009

Presenting the 10th Quaderno of the Maestre Pie Schools

Music, lyrics and dances from the musical Signori, lo spettacolo sta per cominciare! (Ladies and Gentlemen, the show is going to start!) by Tania Bellanca, interpreted by the students of the Liceo Renzi and the Maestre Pie School

with the participation of Prof. Francesco Paresce, who briefly explained the features and functions of the Hubble telescope.

Event organised under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Education and the Marconi Foundation.












Victory Cup

October 31st 2009
Arcoveggio Racecourse, Bologna


On the centenary celebrations for the Physics Nobel Prize award to Guglielmo Marconi horse racing has decided to pay its tribute to the scientist. This year the famous Victory Cup (Gran Premio della Vittoria), an important trotting race, was in fact dedicated to the illustrious Bolognese citizen.

One of the races was named after the town of Sasso Marconi. The winner Nerviano, a racehorse owned by Borsari stable, was awarded by mayor Stefano Mazzetti a marconian silver medal offered by the G. Marconi Philatelic Club.

Sasso Marconi Town Hall organised a buffet of local delicatessen (wine, olive oil and elderberry syrup) which was served near the course. Information flyers on Sasso Marconi events were distributed at the venue.















Following Guglielmo Marconi

October 31st, 2009
Great hall of the Montessori–Da Vinci Institute, Porretta Terme (Bologna)

Research and Innovation in the Rhine Valley

  • Guglielmo Marconi: the man and his origins (by Barbara Valotti, Marconi Museum)
  • History of industrialization and innovation in the Upper Rhine territory (by Prof. Renzo Zagnoni, historian)
  • Testimonies of important enterprises which have managed to combine history with innovation and the world of communications:
Marco Palmieri (PiQuadro Spa). Innovation in communications to create a worldwide successful business.
Francesco Papi (Filatura Papi Fabio Spa). 120 years of history. 
Gabriele Pierotti (Metalcastello Spa). World leader in the engineering industry.
Giorgia Vitali (Salumificio Vitali Spa). Innovation to safeguard the environment and nature.
Fabio Falzea (Microsoft Italy). Mobile Communications and innovation.
  • Closing by Gabriele Falciasecca, President of Marconi Foundation
Announcement of the competition “Percorsi marconiani” (“Marconian Paths”), promoted and sponsored by the Lions Club Porretta Terme–High Rhine. The competition is addressed to the students of the Montessori-Da Vinci Institute.

organised by the Lions Club Porretta Terme–High Rhine
in cooperation with the Montessori-Da Vinci Institute, Porretta Terme Town Hall, Cultural Association “Nuèter“ and Marconi Foundation











Antique Radio Exhibition

November 7th to 15th, 2009

Biagi D’Antona Theatre, Castel Maggiore (Bo)

The Consulta Culturale, the Philatelic Club Kastellano, Italian Association of the Antique Radio


Saturday, November 7th
Arturo Stalteri in concert.
Followed by a brief discussion between Arturo Stalteri and Roberto Grandi on the theme “Communicating through the radio” and presentation of the exhibition. 

Sunday, November 8th
Guided visits.

Tuesday the 10th , Wednesday the 11th and Thursday the 12th 
Meetings and guided visits for schools.

Sunday, November 15th
Life and work of Guglielmo Marconi – Screening of the documentary and guided visit.
Radio America, film by Robert Altman with Woody Harrelson, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline.














International Radio Symposium

November 9th, 2009
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm

celebrating the centenary of the Nobel Prize in Physics 1909

On November 9th, 1909, the Royal Academy of Sciences (RSAS) decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics to Karl Ferdinand Braun and Guglielmo Marconi for their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy.

Introduction by Prof. Svante Lindqvist, President of RSAS
Harry Frank, chairman of the Academy 's Class of Engineering sciences and SNRV chairman
Gerhard Kristensson
Karl Grandin, Director of the Centre of History of Science at RSAS: The awarding process
Gabriele Falciasecca, University of Bologna, President of the Marconi Foundation: Guglielmo Marconi (keynote)
Lars-Erik Wernersson, University of Lund: Three centuries of solid state electronic components
ancient and modern radio equipment on show
Hans Olofsson, Director of the Onsala Space Observatory: Swedish Radio Astronomy
Joakim F Johansson, RUAG Space AB: The early days of radio, Ernst F W Alexanderson and Grimeton radio station SAQ, Unesco World Heritage
Gudmund Wannberg, Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF): Swedish space radio science
Östen Mäkitalo: Mobile telephony in a historic and future perspective
Werner Wiesbeck, University of Karlsruhe: Karl Ferdinand Braun (keynote)

The symposium was arranged by the Swedish National Committee of URSI (Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.











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A History of Telecommunications

October 23rd, 2009
Faculty of Engineering, Bologna


The Commission for the History of Engineering within the Deans Conference has decided to launch a series of workshops on the history of engineering, in order to produce a complete work on the history of technology in Italy.
The second workshop of such series, on the History of Telecommunications, was held in Bologna. The speakers, mainly engineers and historians, came from Italian universities and industries.
The different aspects of the History of Telecommunications in the last two centuries was taken into consideration: history of the ideas, birth and growth of the telecommunication industry, impact on university, economic and social aspects. 
A particular focus was given to the Marconi (1909-2009) and Meucci (1808-2008) celebrations.
  • Science and technique of communications at the end of the Nineteenth century (Ovidio Bucci, Adriano Paolo Morando, Giuseppe Pelosi)
  • Electric telegraphy, telex and fax machines (Stefano Maggi)
  • The origins of telephony and the Meucci story (Enrico Del Re, Leonardo Lucci, Giuseppe Pelosi)
  • Marconi scientist and entrepreneur (Gabriele Falciasecca)
  • History of the university branch of telecommunication (Aldo Roveri)
  • The role of research institutions (Francesco Fedi, Cesare Mossotto)
  • History of signal processing (Fabio Rocca)
  • Transmission: from the couple to the radio links and optic fibres (Giovanni Colombo, Silvano Pupolin)
  • Radio and television (Guido Vannucchi, Franco Visintin)
  • Industry research in communications (Salvatore Randi) 
  • Military communications (Raoul Maestrini)
  • Radar and radio aids (Gaspare Galati, Paolo Tiberio)
  • Space telecommunications (Guido Tartara)
  • Communication networks (Marco Ajmone Marsan)
  • Photonics in telecommunications (Giancarlo Prati) 
  • Telecommunication facilities (Roberto Scalmani)
  • Mobile communications and the role of operators (Gabriele Falciasecca, Decio Ongaro) 
  • Computer science and telecommunications and the role of microelectronics (Vito Svelto, Guido Vannucchi)
  • Social aspects of telecommunications (Giuseppe O. Longo) 
  • Museology of telecommunications (Giuseppe Pelosi, Antonio Savini)









From Galileo to Poldhu and Beyond

October 19th-20th, 2009

On the occasion of the IX edition of the “Italian Language in the World Week”, the Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with the University of Western Ontario has presented the conference

Science of the universe on the centenary of Guglielmo Marconi’s Nobel Prize award
 by Prof. Francesco Paresce (National Institute of Astrophysics - Bologna)
Monday October 19th at the Italian Cultural Institute - Toronto
Tuesday October 20th at the University of Western Ontario - London, Ontario

The first space physics experiment by means of radio waves was carried out by Guglielmo Marconi in December 1901 by sending a radio signal from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, that was received across the Atlantic Ocean in St. Johns, Newfoundland.

This experiment, deemed impossible by experts of the time, launched the telecommunications industry and proved the existence of the earth’s ionosphere in one fell swoop. Spectacular progress since then in the cost and efficiency of wireless communication has allowed us today to communicate through satellites and space probes all the way to the edge of the solar system and to receive a large amount of extremely significant scientific information about the universe around us.
In his talk, Paresce has briefly summarized the development of research in this area from the first experiments by Marconi for which he was awarded the physics Nobel Prize in 1909 to the fascinating discoveries of modern space science obtained by space probes and satellites like the Hubble Space Telescope.
All this, Paresce has remembered, was made possible by the strong intuition and tenacity of a man determined to communicate without wires throughout space in the best Galilean tradition of continuous attempts (provando e riprovando).



Giro dell'Emilia (bicycle race)

October 10th, 2009

This year the Giro dell'Emilia – Granarolo, 100 years old, has ideally associating its own centenary to that of the Guglielmo Marconi Nobel Prize.

Tuesday, September 8th, a press conference on the Giro was held at Villa Griffone, Pontecchio Marconi.

The 92nd GIRO DELL'EMILIA - GRANAROLO was run on Saturday, October 10th.

A race stage near Villa Griffone was dedicated to Guglielmo Marconi.


















Marconi Symposium

October 8th, 2009
Biagi Auditorium, Sala Borsa, Bologna


The five Young Scholar award winners are: Sébastien Soudan, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon; Marco Papaleo, University of Bologna; Eric Plum, Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), University of Southampton; Eitan Yaakobi, University of California at San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering; and Felix Gutierrez, Jr., University of Texas, Austin.

Rafael Pinaud Laufer - Novel Routing Paradigms for Wireless Multihop Networks
Salman Abdul Baset - Peer to Peer Communication
Felix Gutierrez, Jr. - 60 GHz Communication: A New Era of Connectivity
Marco Papaleo - Packet Level Coding using LDPC Convolutional Codes
Eric Plum - Metamaterials: The next photonic revolution
Sébastien Soudan - Bandwidth Sharing and Control in High-Speed Networks: Combining Packet and Circuit-Switching Paradigms
Eitan Yaakobi - Coding for Flash Memories


October 9th, 2009
San Filippo Neri Oratory, Bologna


This year's Marconi prize goes to Andrew Chraplyvy and Robert Tkach, a pair of Bell Labs scientists whose work on fiber optic nonlinearities led to vastly increased broadband capacity in the world’s communications networks.
Gabriele Falciasecca, Giovanni E. Corazza - Introduction
David Payne - Problems Solved and Unsolved Problems in Photonics
Herwig Kogelnik - Perspectives on Optical Communications
James Massey - Marconi, Shannon and Conventional Wisdom
Claude Berrou - Coding and Brain
James Flanagan - Parametric Representation of Speech Signals
John Cioffi - What would Marconi have thought about DSL?
Yash Pal - Keeping alive the spirit for which Gioia Marconi Braga honoured me 29 years ago
Romano Volta - A world hearing itself: An Italian midsummer night’s dream
Eric Ash - Saving the Planet: ICT and Coal
Federico Faggin - Birth and Evolution of the Microprocessor
Andrew Viterbi - Foundations of the Digital Wireless World
Andrew Chraplyvy - Optical communications - The Past
Robert Tkach - Optical communications - The Future

The future of Information and Communication Technology
Andrew Chraplyvy, David Forney, Bob Lucky, Robert Tkach, Andrew Viterbi



Wireless Communications

October 2nd to December 20th, 2009
Museum of Electrical Technology, Pavia 


The exhibition was dedicated to the revolution in wireless communication. It was show among others a valuable series of domestic radio receivers from the Twenties and Thirties, produced by Marconiphone and belonging to the Carlo Pria private collection.

Along with the exhibition there were conferences and events with qualified Italian and foreign experts. Practical demonstrations of radio transmissions were also performed directly from the museum. 

  • October 3rd - Barbara Valotti, Marconi Foundation, Bologna: “The Young Marconi” 
  • October 3rd - Anna Guagnini, University of Bologna: “From London to Stockholm” 
  • October 23rd - Sàndor Jeszensky, Electrotechnical Museum, Budapest: “From the experiments by Hertz to the invention of wireless telegraphy by Marconi” 
  • October 23rd - Brian Bowers, Science Museum, London: “Marconi in Britain” 
  • October 23rd - Friedrich Heilbronner, German Museum, Munich: “Marconi and the Germans" 
  • November 13th - Alessia Polemi et al., IET Italia: “Innovation Strategy with Radio Frequency Identification Systems” 
  • November 26th - Frederik Nebeker, IEEE History Center, New Jersey: “Wireless Telegraphy in Hollywood movies"
  • November 28th - Claudio Gatti, AIRE, Milan: “The radio as an object of collecting and restoration”

Organised by University of Pavia

Sponsored by Pavia Provincial Administration, Pavia City Hall, IEEE Italy Section, IET Italy, AEIT Federation
with the contribution of Pavia City Hall, Pavia Province Community Foundation, Selex Communications
in cooperation with National Committee for the Marconi Centenary, Italian Association of Antique Radios, Italian Radio Amateurs Association of Vigevano, Radio Campus of Pavia, Sappers and Telegraphists National Association of Milan.


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David Sarnoffsarnoff

Marconi was the creator of the present day civilization of the radio. All of those who, with spirit of initiative and perseverance, have brought us to the present stage of development have built on the foundations laid by Marconi. Everyone considered him the tutelary genius of their work.


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