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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, also variously referred to as Luigi Lilio, Luigi Giglio, was an Italian doctor, astronomer, philosopher and chronologist, and also the "primary author" who provided the proposal that became the basis of the Gregorian Calendar reform of 1582. The crater Lilius on the Moon is named ...more

Age: Died at 66 (1510-1576)

Birthplace: Calabria, Italy

Profession: Physician, Astronomer

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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 with a thesis on near-Earth objects. He is involved in various projects related to NEO follow-up and ...more

Age: 46

Profession: Astronomer

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Andrea Di Paola


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. ...more

Age: 47

Profession: Astronomer

Angelo Secchi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Astronomers from Italy
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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, and was one of the first scientists to state authoritatively that the Sun is a star. ...more

Age: Died at 60 (1818-1878)

Birthplace: Reggio Emilia, Italy

Profession: Astronomer

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