Born on May 25, 1941 in
Olomouc (Czech Republic).
1958-1963: Attends the Faculty of Technical and Nuclear Physics
of CVUT (Czech Technical University) in
Prague, following a curriculum in physics and a specialization in nuclear
chemistry. Graduates in June 1963, gaining the degree of
Engineer in Technical Physics (Ing) after presentation of a thesis on
Adsorption of Cations on Tin Oxide
1964-1967: Post-graduate study at the Department of
Spectroscopy of the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of CSAV
(Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences). In September 1967 terminates with a thesis on
Configurations and Conformations
of PolyMethylMethacrylate and PolyVinylChloride
and gains the title of Candidate of Sciences (CSc), equivalent to a PhD, in the field of chemical physics.
While working on the PhD thesis, becomes fascinated with Nuclear Magnetic
Resonance (NMR) as a self-standing research field
an interest which will accompany him for the rest of his life..
In this period he is also exposed for the first time to electronic computers
(the historic Zuse, serial number 25, and the Russian Minsk 22). Develops his
first software packages, such as an Assembler compiler for the Misk, a
simplified Fortran compiler for the Zuse, a package to simulate
high-resolution NMR spectra and one of the earliest programs to
calculate energies and conformations of molecules
In his subsequent carrier, scientific and technical programming will
play a central role.
1967-1968: Research work and routine NMR service for chemists at the
Spectroscopy Department of the Institute of Macromolecular
Chemistry in Prague.
1968-1970: Shortly after the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the
Soviet Union's Red Army in August '68 emigrates to Italy.
His permanence in Czechoslovakia would have been risky due to his prior active
oposition (during 1963 military service) to the nuclear armament of the Country
and to his involvement in the anti-invasion resistance.
Research work at the Istituto di Chimica Industriale of
Politecnico di Milano and then at the Istituto di Chimica delle
Macromolecole of CNR (National Research Council) in Milano, always within
the group of Prof. Giuseppe Zerbi (IR and NMR spectroscopy) whose personal help was
essential for the continuation of his scientific carrier.
Publishes his first papers on nuclear relaxation
From 1968 on maintains permanent residence in Italy.
1971-1974: Post-doctoral fellowship in the group of the late Prof. H.S. Gutowsky
at W.A.Noyes Lab, Dept.of Chemistry, University of Illinois.
Research in the field of solid-state NMR
with occasional digressions towards other spectroscopies
and basic physics
Heavy involvement in software development and first exposition to NMR
In 1972, during a brief interruption of the sojourn in USA,
obtains political asylum in Italy, becomes an apolide
and marries Lucia Parretti.
1974-1975: Under a special one-year waver from the Swiss government
("third-country refugees" were not supposed to work in Switzerland),
undertakes post-doctoral work at the Physics Istitute of the University
of Basel (group of Prof. Pieter Diehl).
The collaboration with Pieter Diehl is very fruitful.
It centers on extremely precise determination of molecular
geometry by means of NMR spectra of molecules dissolved in partially
oriented liquid crystals and some of the related mathematical problems
Heavy involvement in the development of special NMR software. Still unique is
the package combining vibrational normal coordinates calculations with
the calculation and fitting of HR-NMR spectra of oriented molecules,
used to correct distortions of apparent molecular geometry due to
Another project constitutes the first successful attempt towards
automatic analysis of HR-NMR spectra
In 1974 is born doughter Francesca.
1975-1980: Definitive return to Italy and transition into an
industrial environment. Directs Bruker Spectrospin Italiana, a branch of
what is todays Bruker Biospin. The Company evolves from a simple office
to a subsidiary with its own characteristics and research in applied NMR
Continues his involvement with software development. During the
period 1977-78 develops, together with Dr.Juergen Vogt, the program PANIC for
Bruker minis (ASPECT). It is an efficient package for the simulation and
iterative adjustment of high-resolution NMR spectra. Develops also a
Fortran 77 compiler for the Aspects. All running on a computer
with 48 kBytes of RAM!
In 1976 obtains Italian citizenship.
In 1978 is born son Martino.
1981: Becomes independent and starts the first, one-man version
of Stelar company, centered on hardware and software maintenance,
development of small NMR accessories and consulting.
1983-1985: Strong involvement in the promotion of medical
applications of NMR (it is the period when MR imaging starts its penetration
into medicine). Is invited to talk about the physical and technical
aspects of MRI at tens of medical congresses and seminars, some of which held
directly at hospitals around the Country. Eventually sums up the topic in a
and occasionally keeps returning to it in later years
1985: Together with Ing.G.M.Ferrante, founds the present
Stelar, an Italian Company producing
NMR equipment. Initially, Stelar covers special niches, produces data upgrades
and NMR software for obsolete HR-NMR systems, and produces
special accessories such as pulsed field-gradient units.
1994-1998: Stelar starts a determined drive towards the
development of first industrially produced fast-field-cycling NMR relaxometers.
The effort is crowned with success
and the technique 'catches-on'.
1996-2000: Participates in two European Union research projects in the field of fast-field-cycling NMR relaxometry. The first project (ERB FMGE CT95 0002) is oriented towards the development of the techique in itself, the other one (BMH 4960051) aims at the development of better contrast agents for magnetic resonance angiography.
1999-2004: Sells his share in Stelar and founds the software
house Extra Byte with the intention to
produce technical, scientific and educational software.
At the same time, however, technical involvement with Stelar and with NMR
Relaxometry continues to take up a considerable part of his time
and of Extra Byte activity.
1999 and 2000: Holds a series of lectures on Nuclear Magnetic
Resonance Instrumentation at the University of Bologna (Department of Physics)
for 4-th year students specializing in Medical Physics.
From 2005 on: I decide that it is time to consider myself a grown-up, publish (before it is too late) at least some of my physics and math ideas accumulated over the years in dusty drawers and, in general, to start having some real fun. Consequently, I start this web site and drop the attitude of speaking about myself in third person! The website has two branches - one for Extra Byte, and one more personal for me and Lucia, nicknamed Log Cabin. The website's home page is therefore named Stan's Hub.
April 2005: I add a third branch to the website, making it ever more a hub: the free scientific e-Zine named Stan's Library. Tired of present day publishing hassles, I will publish all my stuff here (unless indicated otherwise), hoping to attract with time also other contributors.
July 2005: University of Bologna registers an Italian patent (#BO2005A000445) authored by myself and Paola Fantazzini. Titled "Sequenza di impulsi per acquisire dati di risonanza magnetica nucleare in funzione del rilassamento longitudinale" (nickname PERFIDI), the patent is a side result of a research collaboration with University of Bologna.
December 2005: I start a collaboration with the Spanish Company Mestrelab Research. My primary task is to develop number-crunching C++ libraries for simulation & fitting of high-resolution NMR spectra. The collaboration involves also consulting and smaller, one-shot data-evaluation algorithms.
June 2006: I become a multi-national retiree, even though I have no inclination to stop working and my one-man Extra Byte is going on, active as ever. I get 770 Euros/month from Italy (27 years of work), 22 Euros from Switzerland (1 year), 12 Euros from Czech Republic (5 years) and 0 Euros from the USA (4 years).
July 2006: I start web pages dedicated just to PERFIDI.
September 2006: First public presentation, at the annual GIDRM meeting, of the long-term project in Magnetic Resonance Astronomy. Presented again (in an extended form) at 22nd NMR Valtice in April 2007.
2007: Intensive work with/for Mestrelab on spin systems simulation and fitting, as well as generic data processing. Invited talk about NMR software structure at the SMASH 2007 meeting.
2008: Continuing collaborations, participation on many NMR meetings (ENC, EUROMAR, Valtice, GIDRM), editorial work on the Web site www.ebyte.it (registration in the DOI organization, publication of several historic documents).
2009: A decisive drive towards automatic molecular structure verification by means of NMR spectra, in close collaboration with Mestrelab. Onset of an earnest drive towards detection and exploitation of spin radiation. Start of a crusade against the present oversimplification of NMR spectroscopy as well as MRI theory. Return to the basics of quantum physics and its interpretation and start of a crusade against the mounting amount of pseudo-scientific, sterile myths in present physics.