Italy bids farewell to Piero Angela, who popularized science on TV

(ANSA) – ROME, 16 August – Italy on Tuesday said goodbye to its national treasure, television science popularizer Piero Angela, who is often compared to Britain’s David Attenborough.

Angela’s body, who died on Saturday at the age of 93, was laid to rest in Rome’s Capitol on Tuesday morning as hundreds of people paid their respects.

His funeral, which is non-religious by his wishes, is scheduled for later Tuesday.

Born in Turin, Angela was a TV presenter, science journalist, author and pianist.

He started out as a radio reporter, then became a foreign correspondent, and in the 1960s established himself as the host of the RAI national broadcaster’s main newscast.

He is best known as the creator and host of the often compared BBC and Attenborough documentaries modeled on broadcast programs, and for his science journalism that has appeared in numerous publications.

His signature and long-running influential show, Quark, which began in 1981, was so popular in the 1990s that it doubled down with Super Quark.

Angela has written 33 books, sold over 3 million copies, received numerous honorary degrees, produced over 60 documentaries and hundreds of television episodes, won 7 Telegattos and is a national television director. Awarded 8 times.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Mario Draghi called him a “great Italian” in their weekend congratulations. (ANSA).

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