The scientific and personal correspondence of Enrico Volterra (1905-1973) from the collection known as the Papers of Enrico
Volterra in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology. He was the son of the distinguished Italian mathematician
Vito Volterra. He emigrated from Italy circa 1937, first to England, and finally to the US. He was trained as an engineer
and taught at several universities, ultimately settling at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was professor of engineering
mechanics and aerospace engineering. The papers contain the autograph collection assembled by Vito Volterra.
Enrico Volterra was born June 11, 1905 in Rome, shortly after his father's appointment as Senator of the Kingdom of Italy.
The family belonged to Italy's intellectual elite. His mother, Virginia Almagià, was an accomplished pianist and astute businesswoman,
and his father, Vito, was professor of mathematics at the University of Rome and the undisputed head of the Italian school
of mathematics until Mussolini became dictator in 1925. Enrico was one of six children, two of whom died shortly after birth.
After graduation from the city's prestigious Liceo Classico Torquato Tasso, Volterra entered the University of Rome, where
he received the degree of civil engineer with highest honors in 1928. That same year he also obtained his professional abilitazione
in bridges and roads at the Polytechnic School of Engineering in Naples.
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