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Vincenzo Rosa

For many years Marconi's mother Annie Jameson, would take her children to Tuscany where they used to spend the autumn and winter months. Annie had a sister who lived in Livorno, and it was here she decided to introduce her youngest son to professor Rosa, who taught physics and mathematics at the local Liceo Niccolini. 

For almost a year, from the autumn of 1891, professor Rosa gave private classes in the theory and practice of electrical engineering to the young Guglielmo. 

Vincenzo Rosa was born in Turin in 1848. He graduated in Physics and Mathematics at the Royal University of Turin and later taught in various Italian high schools and at the Physical Institute of Florence. He published scientific essays and devised laboratory equipment, cultivating an interest in the hertzian wave.

As Marconi acknowledged, his encounter with professor Rosa was very important. When they met, Guglielmo was seventeen years old and still at school, although he didn't attend regularly, so he was unable to fulfil his passion for the physical phenomena. Rosa gave him a thorough grounding in basic knowledge, teaching him the new theories on electricity, but above all he welcomed him into his home laboratory, where Guglielmo was able to make experiments under Rosa's supervision. 

The trust and esteem they had for each other did not diminish even when they took different paths. Marconi visited his professor many times and never lost an opportunity to mention his name on public occasions. 

Vincenzo Rosa was married to Aurelia Pozzo who gave him three children. He died in Candelo, near Biella, in 1908, not living quite long enough to see his pupil win the Nobel Prize for Physics the following year.

In his speech at the Swedish Royal Academy, Marconi described the teaching of his beloved professor Rosa as the only real and direct contribution made to his education of self-taught genius.































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