Carlo Maria Gramaccioli passed away on oct. 14th, after a sudden illness
Carlo Maria Gramaccioli passed away on oct. 14th, after a sudden illness. He graduated cum laude in Industrial Chemistry in 1959. In 1962-64 he was a postgraduate at CalTech in the Gates-Crellin Laboratories with Dick Marsh, where he cooperated in the development of the famous CRYRM program suite (in base language) for X-ray diffraction data processing. After climbing the usual steps of the academic ladder, In 1980 he was appointed Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Milano, a position he held until his retirement in 2009.
Carlo Maria's scientific interest was in the physical chemistry of the crystalline state, witnessed by some 130 publications in major Journals. He was a pioneer in the lattice-dynamical treatment of the thermodynamic properties of crystals, first of organic materials and then of minerals. He served a term as Chairman of the IUCr Teaching Commission, organizing some highly successful Schools worldwide. He was a member of the Italian Gemological Institute, of the Istituto Lombardo di Scienze e Lettere, and a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America.
His lifelong hobby for mineral hunting resulted in one of the most impressive collections of mineralogical specimens from all over the world, specializing in rare-earth-containing minerals from the Alps and Scandinavia. He co-authored the discovery of 27 new mineral species, most of them found recently at Vulcano; the scent of new minerals seemed to heal his declining health. His name was given to a rare-earth mineral from the Alps, gramaccioliite-(Y).
Many friends and colleagues will miss his deep and multiform culture, and his sometimes temperamental, always genial moods. He is survived by his wife Graziella and by two sons.