Zipoli, Domenico (1688-1726)
Italian Jesuit scholastic; baroque composer and musician; missioner to Paraguay "Reductions"
As a young man, Domenico Zipoli studied with Alessandro Scarlati and other recognized masters. At the age of 28 he joined the Jesuits and a year later went to serve in the Paraguay mission. There he did his greatest work in music for the native people. After only nine years on the mission, he died, not yet ordained. The Boston College Jesuit musicologist T. Frank Kennedy has devoted considerable attention to Zipoli. See, for example, "Music and the Jesuit Mission in the New World,"Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits (Autumn 2007).
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Zucchi, Nicolas (1586-1670)
Italian Jesuit; designer of one of the earliest reflecting telescopes
An Italian astronomer and professor who designed one of the earliest reflecting telescopes by constructing an apparatus which uses a lens to observe the image focused from a concave mirror. With this telescope, Zucchi discovered two belts of the planet Jupiter and examined the spots on Mars (1640). This was the model for many of the later designs by scientists such as James Gregory and Isaac Newton. Zucchius Crater on the moon is named in his honor.
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