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Famous Engineers from Italy

Updated October 13, 2018 6.2k views61 items

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. {#nodes}
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    Alessandro Simonetto

    Age: 46

    GenderMale

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    Andrea Pininfarina

    Dec. at 51 (1957-2008)

    BirthplaceTurin, Italy

    GenderMale

    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" Farina in 1930...  more
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    BirthplaceBergamo, Italy

    GenderMale

    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 currently...  more
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    Antonio Beduzzi

    Dec. at 60 (1675-1735)

    BirthplaceBologna, Italy

    GenderMale

    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 succeeded...  more
  • 5

    Antonio Ferri

    Dec. at 63 (1912-1975)

    BirthplaceItaly

    GenderMale

    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 Norcia,...  more
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    Arturo Caprotti

    Dec. at 57 (1881-1938)

    GenderMale

    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 employed...  more
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    Benedetto Brin

    Dec. at 65 (1833-1898)

    BirthplaceTurin, Italy

    GenderMale

    Benedetto Brin (17 May 1833 in Turin, Piedmont – 24 May 1898 in Rome, Lazio) was an Italian naval administrator and politician....  more
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    Bernardo Buontalenti

    Dec. at 77 (1531-1608)

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    GenderMale

    Bernardo Buontalenti, byname of Bernardo Delle Girandole was an Italian stage designer, architect, theatrical designer, military engineer and artist....  more
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    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....  more
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    Camillo Olivetti

    Dec. at 75 (1868-1943)

    BirthplaceIvrea, Italy

    GenderMale

    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

    Dec. at 58 (1802-1860)

    BirthplaceVenice, Scorzè, Italy

    GenderMale

    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 his time,...  more
  • 12

    Carlo Bixio

    Carlo Bixio was an engineer....
  • 13

    Carlo di Castellamonte

    Dec. at 81 (1560-1641)

    BirthplaceTurin, Italy

    GenderMale

    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 returned...  more
  • 14

    Carlo Emilio Gadda

    Dec. at 80 (1893-1973)

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    GenderMale

    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, writers...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    GenderMale

    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 Formula One...  more
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    Enrico Forlanini

    Dec. at 82 (1848-1930)

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    GenderMale

    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 born...  more
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    Fabrizio D'Aloia

    Age: 56

    GenderMale

    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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    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    GenderMale

    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 faculty of...  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceVicenza, Italy

    GenderMale

    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. He...  more
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    Federigo Giambelli

    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 and...  more
  • 21

    Fernando Lizzi

    Dec. at 89 (1914-2003)

    BirthplaceCastelnuovo di Porto, Italy

    GenderMale

    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 January 2,...  more
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    Francesco De Marchi

    Dec. at 72 (1504-1576)

    BirthplaceBologna, Italy

    GenderMale

    Francesco De Marchi was a soldier, mountaineer, caver and engineer....  more
  • 23

    Francesco Solari

    Dec. at 54 (1415-1469)

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    GenderMale

    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

    Dec. at 48 (1850-1898)

    BirthplaceVilla Cortese, Italy

    GenderMale

    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 Eugenio...  more
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    Galileo Ferraris

    Dec. at 50 (1847-1897)

    BirthplaceLivorno Ferraris, Italy

    GenderMale

    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. Many...  more