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Famous Astronomers from Italy

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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.

Use this list of renowned Italian astronomers to discover some new astronomers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (42 items)
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Aloysius Lilius is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
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 ...more
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Andrea Boattini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Age: 49
Andrea Boattini (born 16 September 1969) is an Italian astronomer and a prolific discoverer of minor planets and comets.
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Andrea Di Paola is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Andrea Di Paola Age: 49
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 ...more
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Angelo Secchi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Dec. at 60 (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 ...more
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Annibale de Gasparis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Annibale de Gasparis Dec. at 73 (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
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Antonio Abetti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Dec. at 82 (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 ...more
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Augusto Testa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Augusto Testa Age: 69
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
Dec. at 49 (1598-1647)

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Bonaventura Francesco Cavalieri (Latin: Cavalerius; 1598 – 30 November 1647) was an Italian mathematician and a Jesuate. He is known for his work on the problems of optics and motion, work on ...more
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Elia Millosevich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Dec. at 71 (1848-1919)

Birthplace: Venice, Scorzè, Italy

Elia Filippo Francesco Giuseppe Maria Millosevich (September 5, 1848, in Venice – December 5, 1919, in Rome), was an Italian astronomer. He specialized in calculating the orbits of comets and ...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 Dec. at 69 (1812-1881)

Birthplace: Italy

Ercole (Hercules) Dembowski (12 January 1812 – 19 January 1881) was an Italian astronomer. He was born in Milan. He inherited the title of "Baron" as the son of Jan Dembowski ...more
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Francesco de Vico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Francesco de Vico Dec. at 43 (1805-1848)

Birthplace: Macerata, Italy

Father Francesco de Vico (also known as de Vigo, De Vico and even DeVico; May 19, 1805, in Macerata – November 15, 1848, in London) 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: 52

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Francesco Manca (born November 1966, in Milan, Italy) is an Italian amateur astronomer and discoverer of minor planets at the Sormano Astronomical Observatory in northern Italy.Manca also ...more
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Fulvio Melia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Age: 62

Birthplace: Gorizia, Italy

Fulvio Melia (born 2 August 1956) is an Italian-American astrophysicist, cosmologist and author. He is professor of physics, astronomy and the applied math program at the University of Arizona ...more
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Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Dec. at 78 (1564-1642)

Birthplace: Pisa, Italy

Galileo Galilei ( GAL-il-AY-oh, also US: -⁠EE-oh, Italian: [ɡaliˈlɛːo ɡaliˈlɛi]; 15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) was an astronomer, physicist and engineer, sometimes described as a polymath ...more

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Gianluca Masi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Gianluca Masi
Gianluca Masi (born 22 January 1972) is an Italian astrophysicist and astronomer, as well as a discoverer of minor planets and variable stars.
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Giorgio Abetti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Dec. at 100 (1882-1982)

Birthplace: Padua, Italy

Giorgio Abetti (5 October 1882 – 24 August 1982) 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 ...more
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Giovanni Antonio Amedeo ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Dec. at 83 (1781-1864)

Birthplace: Voghera, Italy

Giovanni Antonio Amedeo Plana (6 November 1781 – 20 January 1864) was an Italian astronomer and mathematician. He is considered one of the premiere Italian scientists of his age. The crater ...more
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Giovanni Battista Donati... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Dec. at 47 (1826-1873)

Birthplace: Pisa, Italy

Giovanni Battista Donati (Italian pronunciation: [dʒoˈvanni batˈtista doˈnaːti]; 16 December 1826 – 20 September 1873) was an Italian astronomer.Donati graduated from the university of his ...more
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Giovanni Battista Lacchi... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Giovanni Battista Lacchini Dec. at 83 (1884-1967)

Birthplace: Faenza, Italy

Giovanni Battista Lacchini (20 May 1884 – 6 January 1967) was an Italian astronomer.He is primarily noted for his work in the study of variable stars. He published over 100 works, including ...more
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Giovanni Battista Riccio... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Giovanni Battista Riccioli Dec. at 73 (1598-1671)

Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy

Giovanni Battista Riccioli (17 April 1598 – 25 June 1671) was an Italian astronomer and a Catholic priest in the Jesuit order. He is known, among other things, for his experiments with pendulums ...more
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Giovanni Battista Zupi ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Dec. at 60 (1590-1650)

Birthplace: Catanzaro, Italy

Giovanni Battista Zupi or Zupus (c. 1590 – 1650) was an Italian astronomer, mathematician, and Jesuit priest. He was born in Catanzaro. In 1639, Giovanni was the first person to discover that ...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 (born 1949) is an Italian astronomer and discoverer of minor planets at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Astronomical Observatory of Turin) in Turin, Italy. His name ...more
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Giovanni Domenico Cassin... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Dec. at 87 (1625-1712)

Birthplace: Perinaldo, Italy

Giovanni Domenico Cassini, also known as Jean-Dominique Cassini (8 June 1625 – 14 September 1712) was an Italian (naturalised French) mathematician, astronomer and engineer. Cassini was born in ...more
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Giovanni Schiaparelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
Dec. at 75 (1835-1910)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Italy, Piedmont, Province of Cuneo, Savigliano

Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli ( SKAP-ə-REL-ee, SHAP-, also US: skee-AHP-, Italian: [dʒoˈvanni virˈdʒiːnjo skjapaˈrɛlli]; 14 March 1835 – 4 July 1910) was an Italian astronomer and science ...more