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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 44

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Andrea Pininfarina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 51 (1957-2008) Andrea Pininfarina was an Italian engineer and manager, former CEO of the Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina, founded by his grandfather Battista "Pinin" Farina in 1930 and still ...more

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Andrew Viterbi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
age 83 Andrew James Viterbi is an American electrical engineer and businessman who co-founded Qualcomm Inc. and invented the Viterbi algorithm. He is currently Presidential Chair Professor of ...more

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Antonio Beduzzi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 60 (1675-1735) 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 was an Italian scientist, prominent in the field of aerodynamics, with a specialization in hypersonic and supersonic flight. Born in 1912 in Norcia, Italy, from 1937 he conducted ...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) Benedetto Brin 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) 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
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) Camillo Olivetti was an Italian electrical engineer and founder of Olivetti & Co., SpA., the Italian manufacturer of computers, printers and other business machines.

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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) Carl Ritter von Ghega or Karl von Ghega was the designer of the Semmering Railway from Gloggnitz to Mürzzuschlag. During his time, he was the most prominent of Austrian railway engineers ...more

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Carlo Bixio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Carlo Bixio 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) 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) Carlo Emilio Gadda was an Italian writer and poet. He belongs to the tradition of the language innovators, writers that played with the somewhat stiff standard pre-war Italian language, and ...more

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Enrico Benzing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
age 85 Enrico Benzing 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 Formula One races reporter. ...more

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Enrico Forlanini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 82 (1848-1930) Enrico Forlanini was an Italian engineer, inventor and aeronautical pioneer, well known for his works on helicopters, aircraft, hydrofoils and dirigibles. He was born in Milan. His older brother ...more

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Fabrizio D'Aloia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Fabrizio D'Aloia age 54 Fabrizio D'Aloia 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 1989, is a consultant for SIED ...more

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Federico Capasso is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
age 69 Federico Capasso, 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 faculty of Harvard University. ...more

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Federico Faggin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
age 76 Federico Faggin is an Italian-born and educated physicist, naturalized US citizen, widely known for designing the first commercial microprocessor. He led the 4004 project and the design group ...more

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Federigo Giambelli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Federigo Giambelli Federigo Giambelli, was an Italian military and civil engineer who worked in Spain, the Spanish Netherlands and England in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

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Fernando Lizzi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 89 (1914-2003) Fernando Lizzi was an Italian civil engineer. He is considered the father of micropile technology. He was born in Castelnuovo di Porto, Lazio, Italy on January 2, 1914 and lived in Naples for ...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) 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) 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) Franco Tosi 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 Eugenio Tosi, and moved to Legnano in ...more

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Galileo Ferraris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 50 (1847-1897) Galileo Ferraris was an Italian physicist and electrical engineer, noted mostly for the studies and independent discovery of the rotating magnetic field, a basic working principle of the ...more

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Giacinto Morera is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 53 (1856-1909) Giacinto Morera, was an Italian engineer and mathematician. He is known for Morera's theorem in the theory of functions of a complex variables and for his work in the theory of linear

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Gigi D'Amico is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Gigi D'Amico Italian/Spanish polyhedric creative mind, music producer and fashion trend-setter, designer of OG shoes, born in Catania, Sicily. He started his music career working with various local radio ...more

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Giorgio Ceragioli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Giorgio Ceragioli Dec. at 78 (1930-2008) Giorgio Ceragioli was an Italian engineer, professor and a leader in the pro-Third World movement in Italy.

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Giotto Bizzarrini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Giotto Bizzarrini age 91 Giotto Bizzarrini is an Italian automobile engineer active from the 1950s through the 1970s. Bizzarrini was chief engineer at Ferrari in the 1950s, working on such notable projects as the ...more

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Giovanni Antonelli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 54 (1818-1872) Giovanni Antonelli was an Italian scientist, astronomer and engineer. Antonelli was born in Pistoia, Tuscany. A Catholic priest, he was director of the Ximenian Observatory of Florence from 1851 ...more

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Giovanni Branca is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Giovanni Branca Dec. at 74 (1571-1645) Giovanni Branca was an Italian engineer and architect, chiefly remembered today for what some commentators have taken to be an early steam engine.

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Giovanni Domenico Cassini is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Engineers 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 Giorgi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 79 (1871-1950) Giovanni Giorgi was an Italian physicist and electrical engineer who proposed the Giorgi system of measurement, the precursor to the International System of Units.

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Giovanni Solari is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Giovanni Solari Dec. at 82 (1400-1482) Giovanni Solari was an Italian architect and engineer. He was born in Milan, the son of the architect Marco Solari, who was chief of the works of the Duomo of Milan. Giovanni Solari directed the ...more

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Girolamo Maggi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 49 (1523-1572) Girolamo Maggi, or Hieronymus Magius, was an Italian scholar, jurist, poet, military engineer, urban planner, philologist, archaeologist, mathematician, and naturalist who studied at Bologna ...more

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Giulio Natta is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 76 (1903-1979) Giulio Natta was an Italian chemist and Nobel laureate. He won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963 with Karl Ziegler for work on high polymers. He was also a recipient of Lomonosov Gold Medal in

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Giuseppe Colombo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Giuseppe Colombo Dec. at 64 (1920-1984) Giuseppe Colombo, better known by his nickname Bepi Colombo, was an Italian scientist, mathematician and engineer at the University of Padua, Italy not to be confused with the Italian engineer ...more

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Giuseppe Jappelli is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Giuseppe Jappelli Dec. at 69 (1783-1852) Giuseppe Jappelli was an Italian neoclassic architect and engineer who was born and died in Venice. He studied at the Clementine Academy in Bologna. In 1836–7, he traveled to France and England, ...more

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Giuseppe Meda is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Giuseppe Meda Dec. at 65 (1534-1599) Giuseppe Meda was an Italian painter, architect and hydraulics engineer. Born in Milan, he apprenticed as painter under Bernardino Campi. He also studied as architect and engineer, and planned a ...more

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Giuseppe Puini is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Giuseppe Puini Dec. at 63 (1806-1869) Giuseppe Puini was an Italian engineer and architect who worked in the neoclassical style in Tuscany, largely at Livorno, where he was largely responsible for the piazza that provides an ...more

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Guglielmo Marconi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 63 (1874-1937) Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's ...more

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Guiniforte Solari is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Guiniforte Solari Dec. at 52 (1429-1481) Guiniforte Solari, also known as Boniforte, was an Italian sculptor, architect and engineer. Born in Milan, he was the son of the architect Giovanni Solari, and brother of Francesco Solari. ...more

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Jacob Acontius is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Jacob Acontius Dec. at 74 (1492-1566) Jacob Acontius, c. 1520 – around 1566, was an Italian jurist, theologian, philosopher and engineer. He is now known for his contribution to the history of religious toleration.

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 67 (1452-1519) Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is ...more

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Lisa Nowak is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
age 54 Lisa Marie Nowak is an American former naval flight officer and NASA astronaut. Born in Washington, D.C., she was selected by NASA in 1996 and qualified as a mission specialist in robotics. ...more

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Lorenzo Allievi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Lorenzo Allievi Dec. at 85 (1856-1941) Lorenzo Allievi was an Italian engineer known for being one of the first to explain the water hammer problem.

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Luciano De Crescenzo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
age 87 Luciano De Crescenzo is an Italian writer, film actor, director and engineer. Born in Naples, he graduated in engineering and worked for IBM Italy until 1976, when he published the bestseller ...more

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Mario Almondo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Mario Almondo age 53 Mario Almondo is an Italian engineer, currently Operations Director of the Ferrari Formula One team.

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Mario Salvadori is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Dec. at 90 (1907-1997) Mario G. Salvadori was a structural engineer and professor of both civil engineering and architecture at Columbia University.

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Maurizio Seracini is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Engineers from Italy
Maurizio Seracini Maurizio Seracini is a diagnostician of Italian art. A 1973 graduate in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, he founded, in 1977, the first company in Italy for ...more