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Centennial Oral History Project: Geraldo Scappaticci



Professor Scappaticci was born in the 1960s in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were immigrants from Italy and, as he grew up, they greatly encouraged him and his siblings to apply themselves in their education. He attended Lane Technical High School, where he took advanced courses that developed his interest in mathematics. After graduating from high school, Professor Scappaticci went to University of Illinois at Chicago where acquired a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He then went on to complete a master’s degree in applied mathematics. He ended up going back to graduate school and completing a master’s and doctorate (with a specialization in astrophysics) in physics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

When he came to San Diego for a job interview at City College in 1992, he fell in love with the city. Professor Scappaticci has taught at City College for twenty-two years. He teaches all levels of physics and astronomy that are available at the school. His essay discusses his academic career and the building of the new science building.

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