Gianni Pavan died following a road accident in Casteggio. Professor at the University of Pavia, he was a researcher in the field of marine bioacoustics.
62 years old John Pavan crashed his Audi station wagon into a truck and suffered a rear-end collision yesterday afternoon, Thursday 25 May, in Casteggio (Pavia). After a few hours of hospitalization, a professor at the University of Pavia is late for the injuries he sustained. Graduated in Natural Sciences, Pavan “was among the leading experts on the acoustics of cetaceans“, recalls the rector of the University of Pavia Francesco Svelto.
Accident in Casteggio
The Carabinieri of the Casteggio station, of the Compagnia di Voghera, are investigating the accident that happened around 2.30 pm yesterday. Based on what has been reconstructed so far, Pavan would be collided head-on with a truck for reasons that are not yet known. Behind him was 52 years old from Rivanazzano in the Punto he owns cached a 62-year-old teacher.
Pavan was stuck between sheet metal of his car. Extricated by the fire brigade, he was rushed by helicopter to the San Gerardo hospital in Monza where he died on the morning of Friday 26 May.
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Work as a professor and researcher at the University of Pavia
His colleagues at the University of Pavia remember him as a “gentle and kind” person, but also “talent and passion in the field of marine bioacoustics.” A professor and researcher, the 62-year-old had long focused on the research of the language of the whale that, he claimed they suffered from the noise caused by the ships that did not allow them to communicate.
It is true that Pavan was in the lead Interdisciplinary Center for Bioacoustics and Environmental Research in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Pavia, a center that, among other things, he had founded himself. In the Cibra Facebook group we read: “Gianni Pavan has left us. Again we cannot understand what happened“.