Marconi and Italy
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM GUGLIELMO MARCONILAYING OF A "MILESTONE IEEE" ON THE PIERRE BERGÈRE ON 26 SEPTEMBER 2003
Events under the patronage of Princess Elettra Marconi-Giovanelli, His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy and the President of the Swiss Confederation Pascal Couchepin
INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM
"What are electromagnetic waves?" by Juan Mosig, Professor at the EPFL.
"Electromagnetism before Salvan" by Fred Gardiol, Honorary Professor at EPFL.
"1895, Salvan in the footsteps of Marconi" by Yves Fournier, historian, Professor at the Collège de l'Abbaye de Saint-Maurice, President of the Marconi Foundation.
"Marconi's work at Villa Griffone" by Gabriele Falciasecca, Professor at the University of Bologna and Director of Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi, and Dr. Barbara Valotti, Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi, with live demonstration of historical apparatus by Mr. Maurizio Bigazzi.
INAUGURATION OF THE "MARCONI MILESTONE" PLAQUE ON THE "PIERRE BERGÈRE
The plaque recalls the experiments carried out by Marconi in 1895. It was officially inaugurated by one of the Members of the IEEE World Committee, Ray Findlay, in the presence of Princess Elettra Marconi-Giovanelli, Mr. Pascal Couchepin, President of the Swiss Confederation, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences of the EPFL and other personalities from the political and scientific world.
THE ITALIAN NATION IS GRATEFULYves Fournier was awarded the title of "Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic" on 26 October 2004
The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the country's highest distinction, was instituted on 3 March 1951. Awarded by decree of the President of the Republic, it rewards personalities who have acted in favour of the Italian nation in the field of letters, arts, economy or who have distinguished themselves in their civil or military life. The O.M.R.I., with the title of knight, was presented to Yves Fournier by the Italian Consul General Renato Castellani, during a ceremony attended by several personalities, including Valais State Councillor Claude Roch and the President of the Commune of Salvan Pierre-Angel Piasenta. The latter did not fail to point out with humour that he did not expect, at the time of setting up the first exhibition in 1996, to have to organise so many official receptions a few years later... (C.Carron, Le Nouvelliste, 27.10.2004).