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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
Dec. 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
age 49
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 49
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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 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)
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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 52
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
age 62
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. at 75 (1835-1910)
Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli was an Italian astronomer and science historian.