Prof. Luigi Cavazza began his academic career after graduating in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Bari and then moved to the University of Logan, Utah, United States, where he received his Master of Science in Soil Physics with Prof. S.A. Taylor in the early 1950’s. During the period in the United States he provided important contributions to the understanding of coupled heat and water transport in soils.
He returned to Italy and became Professor of Soil Physics and Agronomy at the University of Bologna, where he conducted research and taught for over forty years. He spent several research periods abroad: including the Institute of Plant Physiology at the ETH Zurich and the Experimental Station of Rothamsted (England).
He was an honorary member of many institutions including the Superior Council of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Emeritus of the Academic of Georgofili of Florence and he received the Knight insigna of the Ministry of Agriculture of France. In 1969 he was elected [honorary member of the Academy of Agriculture of France].
For many years he dedicated his activities to soil physical and hydrological aspects of the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, focusing in particular on many practical aspects of irrigation problems. His scientific work is documented by more than 340 publications in national and international journals, a soil physics textbook and many technical reports. He actively participated in the research for planning and developing the Emilia-Romagna Irrigation Channel, providing still today irrigation water to thousands of farms in the Po Valley.
taken from material written by Marco Bitelli
His book “Fisica del Terreno Agrario” which has been the book used to teach Soil Physics in Italy for 40 years. It is a very thorough and well written book.
Taylor.S.A. and Cavazza L. 1954: The movement of soil moisture in response to temperature gradients. SSSA Proc. 18(4) :351-358