Institute and Museum of History of Science, Florence, ITALY
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Born in Piacenza in a family originating
in Milan, in 1634, he entered the Society of Jesus. When he had finished
his mathematical and theological studies, he moved to Rome, where
he took on the role of Professor at the Collegio Romano, the Jesuit
university. After teaching philosophy and theology, he was given,
due to his outstanding mathematical ability, the chair in mathematics.
In 1651 he was sent on a mission to Stockholm to gauge Christina of
Sweden's declared intention to become Catholic. Returning to his homeland,
he once again took up his post in Rome, moving then, in 1677, to Parma,
where he remained until his death.