PANETTI

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9.2.1875 Bari/I - 26.3.1957 Torino/I
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Modesto Panetti graduated from Torino Politecnico as a civil engineer and submitted in 1899 a PhD thesis in mathematics. He was appointed professor of theoretical and applied mechanics at the Marine University of Genova in 1902 and returned in 1910 as professor of applied mechanics and machinery to Torino. He there founded in 1912 an aviation school with its aerodynamic laboratory. Panetti was a leader in Italian aviation research and an Honorary Member of Associazione Italiana di Aerotecnica. He was a Fellow of the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences. After retirement in 1945, Panetti also was politically active, first as an Italian Senator from 1948 to 1953, and then as Minister of Post and Telecommunications. He was a Member of Accademia dei Lincei, and the Accademia di Torino where he had acted also as a president for two terms, and he was an Academician of the Italian Republic.
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Panetti is known for outstanding works in dynamics and thermodynamics. He is remembered particularly for his researches in aerodynamics. His books are still today used in Italian universities. Torino may be regarded as Italy's aviation city, with FIAT as one of the main furnishers of airplanes in Europe after World War II. Panetti had a strong relation to this aviation industry next to relations with the Politecnico. In over 100 publications he mainly addressed basic problems of applied mechanics and the aerodynamic sciences. Panetti had a sense for the moral in science and education which was a great support in the difficult years during and after World War II both at the University and in Piedmont's industry. Torino Politecnico offers an international award named after one of its great professors that added considerably to its fame.
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