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List of notable or famous astronomers from Italy, with bios and photos, including the top astronomers born in Italy and even some popular astronomers who immigrated to Italy. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Italian astronomers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These astronomers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known astronomer from Italy is included when available.

List features Galileo Galilei, Riccardo Giacconi and more.

This historic astronomers from Italy list can help answer the questions "Who are some Italian astronomers of note?" and "Who are the most famous astronomers from Italy?" These prominent astronomers of Italy may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Italian astronomers.

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Aloysius Lilius is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Aloysius Lilius Died at 66 (1510-1576) Aloysius Lilius, also variously referred to as Luigi Lilio, Luigi Giglio, was an Italian doctor, astronomer, philosopher and chronologist, and also the "primary author" who provided ...more

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Andrea Boattini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Andrea Boattini age 48 Andrea Boattini is an Italian astronomer, a prolific discoverer of asteroids and comets. After developing a growing interest in minor planets, he graduated in 1996 from the University of Bologna ...more

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Andrea Di Paola is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Andrea Di Paola age 48 Andrea Di Paola is an Italian astronomer. He works at the Osservatorio astronomico di Roma. He has discovered a number of asteroids. The asteroid 27130 Dipaola is named in his honour.

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Angelo Secchi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Angelo Secchi Died at 60 (1818-1878) Father Pietro Angelo Secchi SJ was an Italian astronomer. He was Director of the Observatory at the Pontifical Gregorian University for 28 years. He was a pioneer in astronomical spectroscopy, ...more

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Annibale de Gasparis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Annibale de Gasparis Died at 73 (1819-1892) Annibale de Gasparis was an Italian astronomer. From 1864 to 1889 he was the director of the Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte in Naples. He won the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical ...more

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Antonio Abetti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Antonio Abetti Died at 82 (1846-1928) Antonio Abetti was an Italian astronomer. Born in San Pietro di Gorizia, he earned a degree in mathematics and engineering at the University of Padua. He was married to Giovanna Colbachini in ...more

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Augusto Testa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Augusto Testa age 68 Augusto Testa is an Italian astronomer. According to the Minor Planet Center, he has discovered 30 asteroids. In recognition of his achievements, asteroid 11667 Testa was named after him. He ...more

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Bonaventura Cavalieri is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Bonaventura Cavalieri Died at 49 (1598-1647) Bonaventura Francesco Cavalieri was an Italian mathematician. He is known for his work on the problems of optics and motion, work on indivisibles, the precursors of infinitesimal calculus, and ...more

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Elia Millosevich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Elia Millosevich Died at 71 (1848-1919) Elia Filippo Francesco Giuseppe Maria Millosevich, was an Italian astronomer. He specialized in calculating the orbits of comets and asteroids, in particular 433 Eros. He first studied at the ...more

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Enrico Colzani is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Enrico Colzani

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Ercole Dembowski is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Ercole Dembowski Died at 69 (1812-1881) Ercole Dembowski was an Italian astronomer. He was born in Milan. He inherited the title of "Baron" as the son of Jan Dembowski, one of Napoleon's Polish generals. He served in the ...more

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Francesco de Vico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Francesco de Vico Died at 43 (1805-1848) Father Francesco de Vico was an Italian astronomer and a Jesuit priest.

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Francesco Manca is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Francesco Manca age 51 Francesco Manca is an Italian astronomer. He is a prolific discoverer of asteroids at the Sormano Astronomical Observatory in Italy with observational experience on the research of Near Earth ...more

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Fulvio Melia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Fulvio Melia age 61 Fulvio Melia is an Italian-American astrophysicist and author. He is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Arizona and was an Associate Editor of The Astrophysical Journal ...more

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Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Galileo Galilei Died at 78 (1564-1642) Galileo Galilei, often known mononymously as Galileo, was an Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution during ...more

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Gianluca Masi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Gianluca Masi Gianluca Masi is an Italian astronomer. He started his interest in astronomy at childhood, later becoming a professional astronomer, earning a PhD in astronomy in 2006. At the same time, he ...more

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Giorgio Abetti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Giorgio Abetti Died at 100 (1882-1982) Giorgio Abetti was an Italian solar astronomer. He was born in Padua, the son of noted astronomer Antonio Abetti. He was educated at the Universities of Padua and of Rome. He began his career at ...more

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Giovanni Antonio Amedeo Plana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Giovanni Antonio Amedeo Plana Died at 83 (1781-1864) Giovanni Antonio Amedeo Plana was an Italian astronomer and mathematician. Plana was born in Voghera, Italy to Antonio Maria Plana and Giovanna Giacoboni. At the age of 15 he was sent to live ...more

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Giovanni Battista Donati is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Giovanni Battista Donati Died at 47 (1826-1873) Giovanni Battista Donati; 16 December 1826, Pisa, Italy – 20 September 1873, Florence, Italy was an Italian astronomer. Donati graduated from the university of his native city, Pisa, and ...more

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Giovanni Battista Lacchini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Giovanni Battista Lacchini Died at 83 (1884-1967) Giovanni Battista Lacchini was an Italian astronomer. He is primarily noted for his work in the study of variable stars. He published over 100 works, including papers in "Astronomische ...more

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Giovanni Battista Riccioli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Giovanni Battista Riccioli Died at 73 (1598-1671) Giovanni Battista Riccioli was an Italian astronomer and a Catholic priest in the Jesuit order. He is known, among other things, for his experiments with pendulums and with falling bodies, for ...more

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Giovanni Battista Zupi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Giovanni Battista Zupi Died at 60 (1590-1650) Giovanni Battista Zupi or Zupus was an Italian astronomer, mathematician, and Jesuit priest. He was born in Catanzaro. In 1639, Giovanni was the first person to discover that the planet Mercury ...more

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Giovanni de Sanctis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Giovanni de Sanctis Giovanni de Sanctis is an Italian astronomer at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino in Turin, Italy. His name is sometimes spelt DeSanctis, particularly in the Minor Planet Circulars.

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Giovanni Domenico Cassini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Giovanni Domenico Cassini Died at 87 (1625-1712) Giovanni Domenico Cassini was an Italian mathematician, astronomer, engineer, and astrologer. Cassini, also known as Gian Domenico Cassini, was born in Perinaldo, near Imperia, at that time in ...more

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Giovanni Schiaparelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Giovanni Schiaparelli Died at 75 (1835-1910) Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli was an Italian astronomer and science historian.

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Giuseppe Piazzi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Giuseppe Piazzi Died at 80 (1746-1826) Giuseppe Piazzi was an Italian Catholic priest of the Theatine order, mathematician, and astronomer. He was born in Ponte in Valtellina, and died in Naples. He established an observatory at ...more

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Graziano Ventre is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Graziano Ventre

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Jacques Cassini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Jacques Cassini Died at 79 (1677-1756) Jacques Cassini was a French astronomer, son of the famous Italian astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini. Cassini was born at the Paris Observatory. Admitted at the age of seventeen to membership ...more

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Campanus of Novara is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Campanus of Novara Died at 76 (1220-1296) Campanus of Novara was an Italian mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, and physician who is best known for his work on Euclid's elements. In his writings he refers to himself as Campanus ...more

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Joseph-Louis Lagrange is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Joseph-Louis Lagrange Died at 77 (1736-1813) Joseph-Louis Lagrange was an Italian Enlightenment Era mathematician and astronomer. He made significant contributions to the fields of analysis, number theory, and both classical and celestial ...more

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Luca Gaurico is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Luca Gaurico Died at 82 (1476-1558) Luca Gaurico was an Italian astrologer, astronomer, and mathematician. He was born to a poor family in the Kingdom of Naples, and studied judicial astrology, a subject he defended in his Oratio ...more

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Luciano Tesi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Luciano Tesi age 87 Luciano Tesi is an Italian astronomer, and director of the San Marcello Pistoiese Observatory He is a prolific discoverer of asteroids. In 1980, he founded the Amateur Group of Pistoiese ...more

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Mario A. Ferrero is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Mario A. Ferrero Died at 61 (1904-1965) Mario A. Ferrero (1904-1965) was an Italian astronomer who was the co-discoverer of 1169 Alwine and 1218 Aster. 7684 Marioferrero (discovered March 3, 1997 by P. G. Comba) is named in his

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Maura Tombelli is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Maura Tombelli age 65 Maura Tombelli is an Italian astronomer who began her training in astronomy as an observer of variable stars. She is a prolific discoverer of asteroids.

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Paolo Chiavenna is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Paolo Chiavenna Paolo Chiavenna is an Italian astronomer who is active at the Sormano Astronomical Observatory in the north Italian province of Como. The observatory was founded in 1987 and is a member of the ...more

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Pierangelo Ghezzi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Pierangelo Ghezzi

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Piero Sicoli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Piero Sicoli Piero Sicoli is an Italian astronomer who works at the Sormano Astronomical Observatory as an Observatory Coordinator, responsible for close encounters computation of Near-Earth asteroids, orbit ...more

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Plato Tiburtinus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Plato Tiburtinus Plato Tiburtinus was a 12th-century Italian mathematician, astronomer and translator who lived in Barcelona from 1116 to 1138. He is best known for translating Hebrew and Arabic documents into ...more

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Riccardo Giacconi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Riccardo Giacconi age 86 Riccardo Giacconi is an American Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist who laid the foundations of X-ray astronomy. He is currently a professor at the Johns Hopkins University.

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Roger Joseph Boscovich is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Roger Joseph Boscovich Died at 76 (1711-1787) Roger Joseph Boscovich was a Ragusan physicist, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, diplomat, poet, theologian, Jesuit priest, and a polymath from the city of Dubrovnik in the Republic of ...more

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Vincenzo Silvano Casulli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Vincenzo Silvano Casulli age 74 Vincenzo Silvano Casulli is an Italian astronomer. In 1985 he served on a team involved in using the Hubble Space Telescope in a study that focused on Transition Comets -- UV Search for OH ...more

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Vittorio Goretti is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Vittorio Goretti age 79 Vittorio Goretti is an Italian astronomer. He is a prolific discoverer of asteroids at his observatory in Pianoro, on the outskirts of Bologna, Italy. Vittorio Goretti has discovered 32 ...more