About my father

My father’s talent and imagination were uncommon.

He started learning computer-aided design in 1988 for structural engineering applications while using computer-aided calculation for the same purpose even earlier, in the late Seventies, with a very rudimentary calculator produced by Texas Instruments. He was a self-taught and talented painter and illustrator, too (see figures).

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He loved music, mainly classical music, jazz and some American singers (Frank Sinatra and Liza Minelli among them) and he used to build his own Hi-Fi sets.

During the Apollo missions, he calculated the exact trajectory of the Apollo spacecraft: the orbit around the Moon and the way back to Earth.

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He had an interest in early hominids and in the origins of our species. When I was a child I had the chance to dream of a lost world of ape-like men, as I explored his collection of magazines from the US, mainly National Geographic and Life.

He could have even found a cure for ME/CFS, had he had a chance to try. Who knows. He died in 1996.

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