Luigi Puccianti

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Luigi Puccianti
Born 11 June 1875
Pisa, Italy
Died 9 June 1952
Pisa, Italy
Fields Physicist
Alma mater University of Pisa
Doctoral advisor Angelo Battelli
Doctoral students Enrico Fermi

Luigi Puccianti (1875–1952) was an Italian physicist. He is notable for having constructed a highly sensitive spectrograph, with which he studied the infrared absorption of many compounds and attempted to correlate the spectra with molecular structure. He studied the emission spectra of metals and halogens and proposed measuring the wavelength of x-rays by using a diffraction grating at large angles of incidence.

He is also particularly notable for being the doctoral advisor of the Nobel prize winner Enrico Fermi.

Puccianti obtained his PhD in 1898 at the University of Pisa under Angelo Battelli.


  • G. Polvani, “Mots de commémoration prononcés a la nouvelle de la mort du Prof. Luigi Puccianti”, Nuovo Cimento Series 9 Volume 9 Supplement 3, Pages 478-479 (1952), DOI 10.1007/BF02903418.