Famous Chemists from Italy

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

List is made up of many different people, including Primo Levi and Giulio Natta.

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

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  • Alessandro Volta
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    Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta (Italian: [alesˈsandro ˈvɔlta]; 18 February 1745 – 5 March 1827) was an Italian physicist, chemist, and pioneer of electricity and power who is credited as the inventor of the electric battery and the discoverer of methane. He invented the Voltaic pile in 1799, and reported the results of his experiments in 1800 in a two-part letter to the President of the Royal Society. With this invention Volta proved that electricity could be generated chemically and debunked the prevalent theory that electricity was generated solely by living beings. Volta's invention sparked a great amount of scientific excitement and led others to conduct similar experiments ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1745-1827)
    • Birthplace: Como, Italy
  • Amedeo Avogadro
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    Amedeo Avogadro

    Amedeo Carlo Avogadro (, also US: , Italian: [ameˈdɛːo avoˈɡaːdro]; 9 August 1776 – 9 July 1856), Count of Quaregna and Cerreto, was an Italian scientist, most noted for his contribution to molecular theory now known as Avogadro's law, which states that equal volumes of gases under the same conditions of temperature and pressure will contain equal numbers of molecules. In tribute to him, the number of elementary entities (atoms, molecules, ions or other particles) in 1 mole of a substance, 6.022140857(74)×1023, is known as the Avogadro constant, one of the seven SI base units and represented by NA.
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1776-1856)
    • Birthplace: Turin, Italy
  • Antonio Neri (29 February 1576, Florence – 1614, Florence) was a Florentine priest who published L’Arte Vetraria or The Art of Glass in 1612. His father was a physician, and he was an herbalist, alchemist, and glassmaker. Neri traveled extensively in Italy and Holland.
    • Age: Dec. at 37 (1576-1614)
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
  • Ascanio Sobrero
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    Ascanio Sobrero (12 October 1812 – 26 May 1888) was an Italian chemist, born in Casale Monferrato. He was studying under Théophile-Jules Pelouze at the University of Turin, who had worked with the explosive material guncotton. He studied medicine in Turin and Paris and then chemistry at the University of Gießen with Justus Liebig, and earned his doctorate in 1832. In 1845 he became professor at the University of Turin During his research he discovered, in 1847, nitroglycerine. He initially called it "pyroglycerine", and warned vigorously against its use in his private letters and in a journal article, stating that it was extremely dangerous and impossible to handle. In fact, he was so ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1812-1888)
    • Birthplace: Casale Monferrato, Italy
  • Emanuele Paternò

    Emanuele Paternò di Sessa was an Italian chemist, discoverer of the Paternò–Büchi reaction.
    • Age: Dec. at 87 (1847-1935)
  • Francesco DeMaria (October 17, 1928 Vieste, Italy) is an Italian-American chemist. DeMaria is the middle of three sons born to Michele DeMaria and Vittoria Farnararo. At the age of 6 he moved to Tuscany where he remained until coming to the United States after World War II in 1947. Although he was born and raised in Italy he was a naturalized citizen of the US because his father, Michele, had immigrated to the United States in 1908. Michele ran a successful business in Bangor, Maine and received his U.S. citizenship and then returned to Italy to marry Vittoria and raise his three children, Antonio, Francesco and Vincenzo. Michele served as an interpreter to the Allied generals during and ...more
    • Age: 94