Shortly after Adriano Buzzati-Traversos death, with his familys consent a group of his former students and friends took the initiative to set up a Foundation in his memory, for the purpose of keeping his thought alive and of continuing his work in favour of the scientific community.
During his whole career as a teacher, a geneticist, and a promoter of genetics and molecular biology in Italy, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso had always believed in, and pursued, the education of young people entering the world of science. While keeping a deep interest in culture and art, he always regarded man and his environment as a field of research and a source of proposals to help solve the problems related to human welfare.
On these premises, and out of deep gratitude for such an outstanding personality, a large group of former students and close friends, together with his family members, gave their contributions to reach that goal, and the Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Foundation saw the light on July 18 1984.
As stated in par. 2 of its Charter, the Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Foundation promotes and encourages initiatives at a national level in science, technology and health.
To attain such goals, the Foundation
- issues scholarships to graduate students in Buzzati-Traversos many fields of interest (genetic engineering, molecular biology, molecular genetics, immunology and natural sciences)
- organizes training courses in basic biological disciplines
- promotes or participates in the organization of scientific meetings
- promotes research agreements with private and public institutions involved in the same fields
- takes part in initiatives aimed at fostering contacts between the Foundation itself and national and international scientific bodies, their researchers and the public at large
- carries out any other activity suitable to pursue and support the goals of the Foundation
- provides students and researchers with culturally relevant collections
While still alive, Adriano Buzzatti-Traverso donated part of his book collection to the University College.Fratelli Cairoli in Pavia. The remaining part was added after his death to create the Adriano Buzzatti-Traverso Fund. The books are divided in four groups to reflect the main cultural interests of the donor: Genetics and Evolution, Radiobiology, University and Research Policy, Oceanography. The remaining volumes are distributed in the appropriate section of the library. Part of the Fund contains a collection of scientific publications spanning the entire career of Adriano Buzzati-Traverso. The Fund is therefore a valuable scientific and cultural asset fully available to the scores of students of the Collegio Fratelli Cairoli.
The documentation concerning the activity of Adriano Buzzati-Traverso from the beginning of his university career to the last appointment as Vice General Director for Science at UNESCO , collected thanks to the valuable initiative a long-life dedicated collaborator, was organized and classified by a young professional to create the Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Historic Archive and is now available for free consultation at the Istituto di Storia della Medicina dellUniversità La Sapienza di Roma.