READ Famous Mathematicians from Italy

Reference
10.8k views 90 items

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

List is made up of people like Galileo Galilei and Piergiorgio Odifreddi.

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

Use this list of renowned Italian mathematicians to discover some new mathematicians 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. (90 items)

1
Alberto Bressan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
age 61 Alberto Bressan is an Italian mathematician at Penn State University. His primary field of research is mathematical analysis including hyperbolic systems of conservation laws, impulsive control ...more

2
Alessandro Galilei is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 46 (1691-1737) Alessandro Maria Gaetano Galilei was a Florentine mathematician, architect and theorist, a member of the same patrician family as Galileo. He received architectural and engineering training from ...more

3
Alessandro Marcello is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 74 (1673-1747) Alessandro Ignazio Marcello was an Italian nobleman and musician.

4
Alessandro Marchetti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Alessandro Marchetti Died at 81 (1633-1714) Alessandro Marchetti was an Italian mathematician, noted for criticizing some conclusions of Guido Grandi, a student of Giovanni Alfonso Borelli who was influenced by Galileo and Aristotle. In ...more

5
Antonio Manetti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 74 (1423-1497) Antonio Manetti was an Italian mathematician and architect from Florence. He was also the biographer of the architect Filippo Brunelleschi. He is particularly noted for his investigations into ...more

6
Antonio Signorini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 75 (1888-1963) Antonio Signorini was an influential Italian mathematical physicist and civil engineer of the 20th century. He is known for his work in finite elasticity, thermoelasticity and for formulating ...more

7
Barnaba Tortolini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Barnaba Tortolini Died at 66 (1808-1874) Barnaba Tortolini was a 19th-century Italian priest and mathematician who played an early active role in advancing the scientific unification of the Italian states. He founded the first Italian ...more

8
Benedetto Castelli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 65 (1578-1643) Benedetto Castelli, born Antonio Castelli, was an Italian mathematician. Benedetto was his name in religion on entering the Benedictine Order in 1595.

9
Bernardino Baldi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Bernardino Baldi Died at 84 (1533-1617) Bernardino Baldi was an Italian mathematician and writer. Baldi descended from a noble family from Urbino, Marche, where he was born. He pursued his studies at Padua, and is said to have spoken ...more

10
Bonaventura Cavalieri is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died 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

11
Bruno de Finetti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 79 (1906-1985) Bruno de Finetti was an Italian probabilist, statistician and actuary, noted for the "operational subjective" conception of probability. The classic exposition of his distinctive ...more

12
Camillo Agrippa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Mathematicians 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.

13
Carlo Alberto Castigliano is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 37 (1847-1884) Carlo Alberto Castigliano was an Italian mathematician and physicist known for Castigliano's method for determining displacements in a linear-elastic system based on the partial derivatives of ...more

14
Carlo Severini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Carlo Severini Died at 79 (1872-1951) Carlo Severini was an Italian mathematician: he was born in Arcevia and died in Pesaro. Severini, independently from Dmitri Fyodorovich Egorov, proved and published earlier a proof of the ...more

15
Carlo Somigliana is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 95 (1860-1955) Carlo Somigliana was an Italian mathematician and a classical mathematical physicist faithful to the school of Enrico Betti and Eugenio Beltrami. He made important contributions in elasticity. ...more

16
Cesare Arzelà is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Cesare Arzelà Died at 65 (1847-1912) Cesare Arzelà was an Italian mathematician who taught at the University of Bologna and is recognized for his contributions in the theory of functions, particularly for his ...more

17
Ennio de Giorgi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 68 (1928-1996) Ennio De Giorgi was an Italian mathematician, member of the House of Giorgi, who worked on partial differential equations and the foundations of mathematics.

18
Enrico Betti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 69 (1823-1892) Enrico Betti was an Italian mathematician, now remembered mostly for his 1871 paper on topology that led to the later naming after him of the Betti numbers. He worked also on the theory of ...more

19
Enrico Bombieri is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
age 77 Enrico Bombieri is a mathematician, known for his work in analytic number theory, algebraic geometry, univalent functions, theory of several complex variables, partial differential equations of ...more

20
Enzo Martinelli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Enzo Martinelli Enzo Martinelli was an Italian mathematician, working in the theory of functions of several complex variables: he is best known for his work on the theory of integral representations for ...more

21
Eugenio Beltrami is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 65 (1835-1900) Eugenio Beltrami was an Italian mathematician notable for his work concerning differential geometry and mathematical physics. His work was noted especially for clarity of exposition. He was the ...more

22
Eugenio Calabi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
age 94 Eugenio Calabi is an Italian American mathematician and professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in differential geometry, partial differential equations and their ...more

23
Eugenio Elia Levi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Eugenio Elia Levi Died at 34 (1883-1917) Eugenio Elia Levi was an Italian mathematician, known for his fundamental contributions in group theory, in the theory of partial differential operators and in the theory of functions of several ...more

24
Eugenio Moggi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Eugenio Moggi is a professor of computer science at the University of Genoa, Italy. He first described the general use of monads to structure programs.

25
Evangelista Torricelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 39 (1608-1647) Evangelista Torricelli was an Italian physicist and mathematician, best known for his invention of the barometer, but is also known for his advances in optics.

26
Federico Luigi Menabrea is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Federico Luigi Menabrea Died at 87 (1809-1896) Federico Luigi Menabrea, later made Count Menabrea and Marquis of Valdora, was an Italian general, statesman and mathematician who served as the Prime Minister of Italy from 1867 to 1869.

27
Francesco Faà di Bruno is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Francesco Faà di Bruno Died at 63 (1825-1888) The Blessed Francesco Faà di Bruno was an Italian priest and advocate of the poor, and a leading mathematician of his era and a noted religious musician. In 1988 he was beatified by Pope ...more

28
Francesco Maria Grimaldi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 45 (1618-1663) Francesco Maria Grimaldi was an Italian Jesuit priest, mathematician and physicist who taught at the Jesuit college in Bologna. He was born in Bologna to Paride Grimaldi and Anna Cattani.

29
Francesco Severi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 82 (1879-1961) Francesco Severi was an Italian mathematician. Severi was born in Arezzo, Italy. He is famous for his contributions to algebraic geometry and the theory of functions of several complex ...more

30
Gaetano Fichera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 74 (1922-1996) Gaetano Fichera was an Italian mathematician, working in mathematical analysis, linear elasticity, partial differential equations and several complex variables. He was born in Acireale, and died ...more

31
Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died 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

32
Gaspare Mainardi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Gaspare Mainardi Died at 79 (1800-1879) Gaspare Mainardi was an Italian mathematician active in differential geometry. He is remembered for the Gauss–Codazzi–Mainardi equations.

33
Gasparo Berti is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 43 (1600-1643) Gasparo Berti was an Italian mathematician, astronomer and physicist. He was probably born in Mantua and spent most of his life in Rome. He is most famous today for his experiment in which he ...more

34
Germano D'Abramo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
age 44 Germano D'Abramo is an Italian mathematician and physicist. He currently works at the Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica in Rome. At the ...more

35
Gerolamo Cardano is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 75 (1501-1576) Gerolamo Cardano was an Italian Renaissance mathematician, physician, astrologer, philosopher and gambler. He wrote more than 200 works on medicine, mathematics, physics, philosophy, religion, ...more

36
Giacinto Morera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died 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

37
Giacomo Albanese is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 58 (1890-1948) Giacomo Albanese was an Italian mathematician known for his work in algebraic geometry. He took a permanent position in the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 1936.

38
Giambattista Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 60 (1530-1590) Giambattista Benedetti was an Italian mathematician from Venice who was also interested in physics, mechanics, the construction of sundials, and the science of music.

39
Giambattista della Porta is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 80 (1535-1615) Giambattista della Porta, also known as Giovanni Battista Della Porta was an Italian scholar, polymath and playwright who lived in Naples at the time of the Scientific Revolution and ...more

40
Gian-Carlo Rota is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 67 (1932-1999) Gian-Carlo Rota was an Italian-born American mathematician and philosopher.

41
Giovanni Alfonso Borelli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 71 (1608-1679) Giovanni Alfonso Borelli was a Renaissance Italian physiologist, physicist, and mathematician. He contributed to the modern principle of scientific investigation by continuing Galileo's custom ...more

42
Giovanni Antonelli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died 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

43
Giovanni Battista Rizza is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Giovanni Battista Rizza age 94 Giovanni Battista Rizza is an Italian mathematician, working in the fields of complex analysis of several variables and in differential geometry: he is known for his contribution to hypercomplex ...more

44
Girolamo Maggi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died 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

45
Giulio Vivanti is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Giulio Vivanti Died at 90 (1859-1949) Giulio Benedetto Isacco Vivanti was Italian Jewish mathematician. He spent most of his academic career at the University of Pavia and University of Milan.

46
Giuseppe Colombo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Giuseppe Colombo Died 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

47
Giuseppe Peano is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 74 (1858-1932) Giuseppe Peano was an Italian mathematician. The author of over 200 books and papers, he was a founder of mathematical logic and set theory, to which he contributed much notation. The standard ...more

48
Giuseppe Piazzi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 80 (1746-1826) Giuseppe Piazzi was an Italian Catholic priest of the Theatine order, mathematician, and astronomer. He was born in Ponte in Valtellina, and died in Naples. He established an observatory at ...more

49
Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro Died at 72 (1853-1925) Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro was an Italian mathematician born in Lugo di Romagna. He is most famous as the inventor of tensor calculus, but also published important works in other fields. With his ...more

50
Guarino Guarini is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Italy
Died at 59 (1624-1683) Camillo-Guarino Guarini was an Italian architect of the Piedmontese Baroque, active in Turin as well as Sicily, France, and Portugal. He was a Theatine priest, mathematician, and writer.