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

This list is made up of a variety of people, including Leonardo da Vinci and Lisa Nowak.

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

Use this list of renowned Italian engineers to discover some new engineers 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. (61 items)
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Alessandro Simonetto is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Alessandro Simonetto Age: 45
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Andrea Pininfarina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 51 (1957-2008)

Birthplace: Turin, Italy

Andrea Pininfarina (26 June 1957 – 7 August 2008) was an Italian engineer and manager, former CEO of the Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina, founded by his grandfather Battista "Pinin" ...more
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Andrew Viterbi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Age: 83

Birthplace: Bergamo, Italy

Andrew James Viterbi (born Andrea Giacomo Viterbi; March 9, 1935) is an American electrical engineer and businessman who co-founded Qualcomm Inc. and invented the Viterbi algorithm. He is ...more
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Antonio Beduzzi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 60 (1675-1735)

Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

Antonio Maria Nicolao Beduzzi was an Austrian-Italian theater engineer, painter, and architect who flourished in Vienna at the turn of the 17th century. He was born in Bologna in 1675. He ...more
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Antonio Ferri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 63 (1912-1975)
Antonio Ferri (5 April 1912 – 28 December 1975) was an Italian scientist, prominent in the field of aerodynamics, with a specialization in hypersonic and supersonic flight. Born in 1912 in ...more
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Arturo Caprotti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 57 (1881-1938)
Arturo Caprotti was an Italian engineer and architect. In 1915 or 1916 he invented the Caprotti valve gear rotary cam poppet valve gear for steam engines of all kinds, but in practice it was ...more
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Benedetto Brin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 65 (1833-1898)

Birthplace: Turin, Italy

Benedetto Brin (17 May 1833 in Turin, Piedmont – 24 May 1898 in Rome, Lazio) was an Italian naval administrator and politician.
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Bernardo Buontalenti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 77 (1531-1608)

Birthplace: Florence, Italy

Bernardo Buontalenti, byname of Bernardo Delle Girandole was an Italian stage designer, architect, theatrical designer, military engineer and artist.
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Camillo Agrippa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Camillo Agrippa was a noted fencer, architect, engineer and mathematician of the Renaissance. He is considered to be one of the greatest fencing theorists of all time.
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Camillo Olivetti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Camillo Olivetti Dec. at 75 (1868-1943)

Birthplace: Ivrea, Italy

Camillo Olivetti (August 1868 in Ivrea, Piedmont, Italy – December 1943 in Biella, Italy) was an Italian electrical engineer and founder of Olivetti & Co., SpA., the Italian manufacturer of ...more
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Carl Ritter von Ghega is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Carl Ritter von Ghega Dec. at 58 (1802-1860)

Birthplace: Venice, Scorzè, Italy

Carl Ritter von Ghega or Karl von Ghega (10 January 1802 – 14 March 1860) was an Albanian-Austrian nobleman and the designer of the Semmering Railway from Gloggnitz to Mürzzuschlag. During ...more
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Carlo Bixio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Carlo Bixio

Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

Carlo Bixio was an engineer.
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Carlo di Castellamonte ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 81 (1560-1641)

Birthplace: Turin, Italy

Carlo di Castellamonte was an Italian architect, civil and military engineer, one of the main exponents of Piedmontese Baroque. Castellamonte was born in Turin. After his studies in Rome, he ...more
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Carlo Emilio Gadda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 80 (1893-1973)

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Carlo Emilio Gadda (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkarlo eˈmiːljo ˈɡadda]; November 14, 1893 – May 21, 1973) was an Italian writer and poet. He belongs to the tradition of the language innovators, ...more
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Enrico Benzing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Age: 86

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Enrico Benzing (born June 17, 1932) is an Italian engineer and journalist, son of the writer Mario Benzing. He wrote for the daily newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport as Motoring-Editor and ...more
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Enrico Forlanini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 82 (1848-1930)

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Enrico Forlanini (13 December 1848 – 9 October 1930) was an Italian engineer, inventor and aeronautical pioneer, known for his works on helicopters, aircraft, hydrofoils and dirigibles. He was ...more
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Fabrizio D'Aloia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Fabrizio D'Aloia Age: 55
Fabrizio D'Aloia (Benevento, February 17, 1964) is an Italian engineer, founder of Microgame. In 1982, after completing high school, began working as a programmer for M.Data System. From 1984 to ...more
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Federico Capasso is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Age: 70

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Federico Capasso (born 1949, Rome, Italy), a prominent applied physicist, was one of the inventors of the quantum cascade laser during his work at Bell Laboratories. He is currently on the ...more
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Federico Faggin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Age: 77

Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy

Federico Faggin (born 1 December 1941) is an Italian-American physicist, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. He is best known for designing the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004. ...more
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Federigo Giambelli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Federigo Giambelli

Birthplace: Mantua, Italy

Federigo Giambelli (or Gianibelli; also given as Genebelli or Genibelli in contemporary English texts), was an Italian military and civil engineer who worked in Spain, the Spanish Netherlands ...more
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Fernando Lizzi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 89 (1914-2003)

Birthplace: Castelnuovo di Porto, Italy

Fernando Lizzi (January 2, 1914 – August 28, 2003) was an Italian civil engineer. He is considered the father of micropile technology. He was born in Castelnuovo di Porto, Lazio, Italy on ...more
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Francesco De Marchi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 72 (1504-1576)

Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

Francesco De Marchi was a soldier, mountaineer, caver and engineer.
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Francesco Solari is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 54 (1415-1469)

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Francesco Solari was an Italian sculptor, architect and engineer. He was born in Milan, the son of Giovanni Solari and the brother of Guiniforte Solari. Around 1445 he is known to be working in ...more
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Franco Tosi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Franco Tosi Dec. at 48 (1850-1898)

Birthplace: Villa Cortese, Italy

Franco Tosi (21 April 1850 – 25 November 1898) was an Italian engineer, known for his contributions to the steam engine technology. A native of Villa Cortese, near Milan, he was the son of ...more
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Galileo Ferraris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 50 (1847-1897)

Birthplace: Livorno Ferraris, Italy

Galileo Ferraris (31 October 1847 – 7 February 1897) was an Italian physicist and electrical engineer, one of the pioneers of AC power system and an inventor of the three-phase induction motor. ...more