Famous Astronomers from Italy

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
    Dec. at 66 (1510-1576)
    • Birthplace: Calabria, Italy
    Aloysius Lilius (c. 1510 – 1576), 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
  • Andrea Boattini (born 16 September 1969) is an Italian astronomer and a prolific discoverer of minor planets and comets.
  • Andrea Di Paola

    Andrea Di Paola

    Age: 53
    Andrea Di Paola (born 1970) is an Italian astronomer and a discoverer of minor planets. He works at the Rome Observatory and has been significantly involved in the CINEOS project. He is credited by ...more
  • Angelo Secchi
    Dec. at 59 (1818-1878)
    • Birthplace: Reggio Emilia, Italy
    Fr. Angelo Secchi SJ (Italian pronunciation: [ˈˈandʒelo ˈsekki]; 28 June 1818 – 26 February 1878) was an Italian astronomer. He was Director of the Observatory at the Pontifical Gregorian University ...more
  • Annibale de Gasparis

    Annibale de Gasparis

    Dec. at 72 (1819-1892)
    Annibale de Gasparis (9 November 1819, Bugnara – 21 March 1892, Naples; Italian pronunciation: [anˈniːbale de ˈɡasparis]) was an Italian astronomer, known for discovering asteroids and his ...more
  • Antonio Abetti
    Dec. at 81 (1846-1928)
    • Birthplace: Municipality of Šempeter–Vrtojba, Slovenia
    Antonio Abetti (June 19, 1846 – February 20, 1928) was an Italian astronomer. Born in San Pietro di Gorizia (Šempeter-Vrtojba), he earned a degree in mathematics and engineering at the University of ...more