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Mario Comporti was born in Siena and earned a high school diploma (Classical studies) at the local Liceo Classico Enea Silvio Piccolomini. He was proud of this title, and always firmly considered classical studies an essential aspect in the education of young generations. Mario attended as a student at the University of Siena the Institute of Medical Pathology managed by Cesare Bartorelli, and was positively impressed by the ability of many physicians of the Institute to connect the scientific research with the medical-care activity. That was the time period when research first captivated him, to follow him for the rest of his subsequent life. Comporti graduated with honours in 1960, and then worked as Assistant professor at the Institutes of General Pathology of Siena and Turin.