- Pietro Rossi (scientist)
Pietro Rossi ( 1738 in
Florence– 21 December 1804in Pisa) was an Italian scientistand entomologist.
Rossi’s academic career was conducted at the university of Pisa. There in 1759 he attained a doctorate in
philosophyand medicine. He was then made (from 1763 to 1801) a professor of logic, before he finally received, in 1801, the chair for natural historywith the special field "Insectology", making him the world’s first professor for entomology. His publications, particularly "Fauna etrusca" (1790) and "Mantissa insectorum" (1792), are considered as pioneer achievements of entomology, which still possess scientific validity for taxonomyand biological nomenclature.Parts of his collection were once in the possession of Johann Christian Ludwig Hellwigin Braunschweigand these are now in the Humboldt Museumfor natural history in Berlin.
After his death Rossi the "Museo entomologico Pietro Rossi" was integrated into the
Museo Civico di Storia Naturale de Milanin Milan.
Translated from German Wikipedia.
R. Poggi/B. Baccetti: "Pietro Rossi, naturalista toscano del '1700". In: "Accademici e qualche precursore, UN sguardo retrospettivo sull'entomologia italiana. Accademia Nazionale Italiana di Entomologia, Celebrazioni by i 50 anni di attività", Florenz 2001, p.7-38
* [http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/bombcat/ World Catalogue of Bee Flies]
* [http://www.socentomit.it/italiano/giovent/accademia.html Augusto Vigna Taglianti, L'entomologia nella scienza italiana, con particolare riguardo alla Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze detta dei XL (Vortrag vom 13. Nov. 2003)]
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