Please join us in welcoming Dr. Francesco Gerali, a visiting scholar from Italy, who comes to the University of Oklahoma with a Mellon fellowship to conduct research in the history of oil exploration. Dr. Gerali’s research project is a comparative study of the development of the oil industry in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Italy, North America, Romania, France, Germany and other countries. It is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the relations between energy production and the social needs of lighting, mechanization and plastics.
In 2009, Dr. Gerali obtained his PhD in the History of Science from the University of Bari, Italy. He is currently Curator of the historical archive at the Accademia Lunigianese di Scienze Giovanni Capellini, La Spezia, Italy. Dr. Gerali has participated in a historical fieldwork project entitled “Geological travels in the mountains of Northern Italy” (sponsored by PRIN, National Research Project). In addition to several published articles, Gerali is an active participant in INHIGEO (International Commission for the History of the Geosciences), offering papers on Giovanni Capellini at recent meetings in Eichstatt (2007), Calgary (2009), and Madrid (2010). In recognition of these and other accomplishments, Dr. Gerali was elected to membership in INHIGEO in 2010.
Dr. Gerali is presenting a History of Science Colloquium Friday, February 11, on The Geologist and Oil: Giovanni Capellini in the History of Science Collections.
We welcome Dr. Gerali to the University of Oklahoma!