University

In early April 1952, I had been selected by Montecatini to take part in a one-year post-graduate course in the petrochemical field.

This course, being held for the first time and taking place at the Department of Industrial Chemistry at the Milan Polytechnic directed by Giulio Natta, brought together fourteen graduate students in chemistry , selected from among the best most recent university graduates from all Italian universities. It involved intense experimental research activity and specialization courses held by the finest instructors at the Polytechnic and the University of Milan.

At the end of the course (April 1953) I was ranked first among all participants, and was asked to remain at the Polytechnic as employee of Montecatini and voluntary assistant tasked, among other things, with coordinating the subsequent specialization courses in the petrochemical field that Montecatini was then to continue for a number of years.

With this assignment, I began my two “parallel careers”: one in industry, and the other at university: in 1958, having done research and taught as a lecturer, I was made professor in Industrial Chemistry,thus becoming the youngest professor in this field.
That same year, I was made an executive at Montecatini, thus becoming the youngest person to join that company’s management.

In 1963 I accepted the position as manager of all the Research & Development activities of Montecatini’s Petrochemical Division, which entailed directing the Centre at the Ronzoni Institute and supervising Ferrara’s leading petrochemical and chemical research centre.

This position in the industrial world allowed me to keep working in a university setting while continuing my teaching work at the Polytechnic.
Also in 1963, my professorship was confirmed.