Giovanni Battista Guccia

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Giovanni Battista Guccia
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Born (1855-10-21)21 October 1855
Died 29 October 1914(1914-10-29) (aged 59)
Nationality  Italian
Alma mater University of Rome
Known for Mathematical Circle of Palermo
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Palermo
Doctoral advisor Luigi Cremona

Giovanni Battista Guccia (21 October 1855 – 29 October 1914) was an Italian mathematician.[1][2]


Guccia was born in Palermo in a rich and aristocratic family. He graduated in mathematics in 1880 at the University of Rome, where he was a student of Luigi Cremona. His doctoral thesis was presented at the Reims scientific congress and then published with the title "On a class of surfaces representable point by point on a plane" in the "Comptes-rendus de l'Association française pour l'avancement des sciences".

In 1889, having applied for a chair, he was appointed full professor of geometry at the University of Palermo, a position which he held for the rest of his life.

In 1884 he founded, personally contributing both financially and intellectually, the "Circolo Matematico di Palermo" (Mathematical Society of Palermo), its essays became a few decades later one of the most important international mathematical journals. He was assisted in this endeavour by other young mathematicians from Palermo: Michele Gebbia (1854-1929), Giovanni Maisano (1851-1929), Michele Luigi Albeggiani (1852-1943) and Francesco Paolo Paternò (1852-1927).

Guccia was the Mathematical Society's director and essence until his death.

His scientific work consists of about 50 papers on algebraic geometry, in particular Cremona transformations, classification of curves and projective properties of curves.


  1. ^ M. De Franchis, Cenni biografici di Giovanni Battista Guccia ed elenco dei lavori, Rend. Circ. Mat. Palermo, 39 (1915), pp. 1–14
  2. ^ A. Brigaglia, C. Ciliberto, E. Sernesi, Italian algebraic geometers from 1850 to 1970: a bibliography and a few biographical notes, Roma 1992, ad nomen.

External links[edit]

  • Giovanni Battista Guccia at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  • O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Giovanni Battista Guccia", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
  • An Italian short biography of Giovanni Battista Guccia in Edizione Nazionale Mathematica Italiana online.