Angelo Secchi Project

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Angelo Secchi (1818-1878) is certainly one of most intriguing and interesting charachter within the Italian scientific community during the 19th century. For almost 30 years he was head of the Roman College Astronomical Observatory; he was physicist, astronomer, meteorologist and a passionate lover of Archeology and Paleontology.
Today most of his papers are preserved by the Historical Archives of the Pontifical Gregorian University; a first finding aid of these papers was published by Ileana Chinnici and Wiktor Gramatowski in 2002 [1].

Angelo Secchi (1818-1878)


A large part of Secchi's papers is composed by his huge correspondence. APUG preserves about 8,000 letters sent by and to Angelo Secchi during his life and career, which testify his contribution to the international scientific community of the 19th century. Within this project all the letters will be digitized and transcribed, starting from his correspondence with the Italian astronomer Pietro Tacchini (1838-1905).


Many of the works published by Secchi are preserved by APUG in their manuscript or draft form.



This page has been written thanks to the kindness and wide knowledge about Angelo Secchi of Ileana Chinnici.


  1. Ileana Chinnici, Wiktor Gramatowski, Le carte di Angelo Secchi S.J. (1818-1878) conservate presso la Pontificia Università Gregoriana. Un inventario rivisitato, Nuncius. Annali di storia della scienza, 16 (2001), nr. 2, pp. 571-627. See ASP Bibliography 0001.