Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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de Vico, Francesco

  • Mariafortuna Pietroluongo
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9917-7_1423

Alternate Name

 Vico, Francesco de

Born Macerata, (Marche, Italy), 19 May 1805

Died London, England, 15 November 1848

Comet hunter father Francesco de Vico became a Jesuit in 1823 and joined the faculty of the Collegio Romano. In 1833 he began his studies in astronomy and started his observations of comets 1P/Halley and 3D/Biela. In 1838 de Vico became director of the observatory in the Collegio Romano. After making planetary observations (Mimas, Enceladus, Saturn, and Venus) he discovered seven comets between 1844 and 1847. Apart from his work in astronomy, he was active in helping the sick during the 1837 cholera epidemic. The unrest during 1848 forced de Vico to leave Rome and go to the United States as a refugee.

Selected References

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariafortuna Pietroluongo
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  1. 1.Università di MoliseCampobassoItaly