Jesuit Mission USF history

Joseph Neri S.J. Photo

Joseph Neri, S.J., was professor of natural sciences at St. Ignatius College from 1869 to 1892. This world-class scientist taught physics and chemistry, published scholarly papers, gave numerous public science lectures, and was the first person to demonstrate electric light to the citizens of San Francisco.

History of the Sciences Vignettes

University of San Francisco Historian, Alan Ziajka, is writing a series of vignettes about the history of the sciences at the University of San Francisco in preparation for the John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for Science and Innovation dedication in Fall 2013. These vignettes will culminate in a book to be published a few months after the Center opens, affording Alan an opportunity to interview faculty and students, take photographs, and describe activities in the new high-tech classrooms, during the first months of the Center’s operation.