Manuel Trucco Franzani was a Chilean politician and provisional vice president of Chile in 1931.
He was born in Cauquenes, the son of Napoleon Trucco Morano and of Maria Franzani Monigette. He completed his studies in his native city, and at the Instituto Nacional. Trucco then attended the Universidad de Chile, where he became a civil engineer in 1899. Between 1891 and 1902, while still a student at the university, he started to work at the Liceo de Cauquenes to complement his income, first as the secretary to the principal and then as a teacher of mathematics. After his graduation he became an engineer at the Direction of Public Works and at the State Railroads. The government granted him a scholarship to complete his graduate studies at LEcole des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris between 1902 and 1904. He married Laura Gaete Fagalde, and together they had four children: Marta, Graciela, Rebeca and Manuel.
At his return, he became a Professor of the resistance of materials at the school of architecture of the Universidad de Chile, while continuing his work at the State Railroads, where he designed several railroad bridges In 1911 he became Dean of Mathematics at the university, and in 1917, also became director of the schools of engineering and architecture. In 1918, Trucco resigned all his positions at the university in order to dedicate himself to his work as General Director of Railroads, a position he held until 1924.
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