Gianfranco Capriz was born in Gemona del Friuli on October 16, 1925. After grad- uating summa cum laude in mathematics at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (1948) and successfully attending a one-year doctoral course there (1949), he was appointed by Mauro Picone as a researcher at the Istituto Nazionale per Ie Appli- cazioni del Calcolo in Rome (1951-56). At the Institute, while working at his first research papers, he also served as a programmer in the staff operating the first general purpose computer ever installed in Italy. In Rome he met Barbara, who was shortly to become his wife, and became ac- quainted with Ennio De Giorgi, Gaetano Fichera, Tristano Manacorda, Carlo Pucci, Michele Sce, and Edoardo Vesentini, with all of whom he was to maintain friendly and scientific relationships thereafter. In the same period he started his research activity in rational mechanics under the supervision of Antonio Signorini. From Rome he moved to Stafford (UK) to work for the English Electric Company (1956-62) as a research mathematician and a programmer of DEUCE, the engineered version of the pilot machine ACE, originally designed by Alan Turing.
This period of his life ended when Capriz was asked by Sandro Faedo to return to his country to contribute to the creation in Pisa of the largest concentration ever in Italy of research and development activities in computer science and information technology.
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 11 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 200