Ricci Ancestors

(1522 – 1590) Prioress of the Dominican Convent of San Vincenzo, Prato. One proof of her faith was a coral ring which appeared on her finger during spiritual raptures when she relived Christ’s passion. She offered advice and counsel both in person and by letter and was considered uncommonly effective in her work. She was beatified under Cardinal Prospero Lambertini’s sponsorship, who later became Pope
Benedict XIV.


FABIO RICCI (1930 – 2002) Chemical Engineer, worked around the world for various global organizations, opening new chemical plants in Colombia, China, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and India. His talent is in communicating changed project schedules and outcomes for plants in trouble.

FRANCO MARIA RICCI – Publisher in Italy. Best known for museum quality publication of precious art objects and rare text. Sought after as a power-publisher, with well-known authors citing FMR as their publisher.

GREGORIO RICCI-CURBASTRO (1853 – 1925) invented absolute differential calculus which became the foundation of tensor analysis used by Einstein in his theory of general relativity. Einstein had several false starts until he studied Ricci’s work and realized it was the foundation he needed.

LORENZO RICCI – (1703-1775) Leader of the Jesuits from 1758 until his death while incarcerated in 1775. The Vatican was intimidated by the aggressive nature of the order’s missionary ventures and promulgation of "heretic" scientific endeavors. Once his protector, Pope Clement XIII died, Lorenzo along with his staff were imprisoned in an attempt to crush the order. Lorenzo died two years later in Castel Sant’ Angelo in Rome.

LUIGI RICCI was a translator with his most notable translation being The Prince . Little else is known about Luigi Ricci’s work in the shadows of other’s innovation. [Back]

MASSIMO RICCI (1946 – ) was born in 1946 and is an Architect and instructor at the University of Florence. The cupola of Santa Maria Del Fiore of Florence is the largest existing brick structure in the world. The size of the dome required a new construction method, which Brunelleschi proposed, but insisted on keeping secret. Since the completion of the dome in 1436, no one has been able to figure out how the dome was constructed, including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and others. In 1977 Ricci began puzzling over the problem and proposed a solution in 1982 which was mathematically proven correct in 1983, and a scale model was built in 1985.

MATTEO RICCI – A Jesuit mathematician who learned fluent Chinese and established the first successful mission in China after others had failed and been expelled. Taught mathematics and published books in Chinese on mathematics, geometry and science. His earliest publication was a booklet in Chinese entitled On Friendship with 100 short observations about friendship.

NINA RICCI ( – 1968) Haute Couture designer in Paris France during the 1940s. Best known in the United States for a line of perfumes.

OSTILIO RICCI (1540 – 1603) was Court Mathematician to the Grand Duke Francesco in Florence in 1580 when Galileo attended his lectures in Pisa. To Ricci, mathematics was a philosophy and a way of looking at the cosmos. Galileo asked Ostilio Ricci, his mentor, to meet with his parents and persuade them to allow Galileo to take up mathematics and abandon his medical studies. Even with Ricci’s offer to personally manage Galileo’s education, Vincenzo Galilei, needed a year to adjust to the idea of his son leaving medical school. Ricci recognized Galileo’s genius and in his instruction showed Galileo how mathematics could be applied to profitable enterprises.
Reference book: Galileo: A Life, by James Reston, Jr., published by Harper Collins 1994

PAOLO RICCI (1928 – 1979) was a Civil Engineer specializing in CPM scheduling of large complex projects, predominately in the United States. Trained at Wayne State University and University of Detroit during the 1950s and consulted on complex commercial and government building projects with demanding schedules.

RUGGERO RICCI (1954 – ) is an artist living in Rome, Italy. He has been displaying works publicly since 1977 and works primarily in oils.

RUGGIERO RICCI (1918 – ) American violinist who gave his first performance at age 10. He has performed regularly throughout the United States and in Europe and has taught at Indiana University, the Juilliard School of Music and the University of Michigan, http://www.music.umich.edu . He is currently retired in Salzburg, Austria.
Cited in the on-line Encyclopedia Britannica


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